Update

December 7, 2007

Practice and financial news you can use

HEALTHCARE REFORM

Mandated coverage battle in California

Shop smarter this holiday season

If you're like the many shoppers who intend to spend less on gifts this year, here are some tips from Consumer Reports:

Additional tips can be found online at http://blogs.consumerreports.org/shopping.

COLLECTIONS

More plastic for payment

If you accept debit cards in your practice, you may soon be seeing patients who pay you with a new gift card targeted specifically for healthcare services. Launched last month by Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark, the Healthcare Visa Gift Card can be purchased in any full dollar amount ranging from $25 to $5,000 and can be used to cover office visits, copays, prescriptions, vision and dental care, elective procedures, and even health club memberships. Highmark says the card is the first of its kind. For more information, go to http://www.givewell.com.