Save On Medical Launches Surgery Price Shopping

At Save On Medical, we know that there are huge variations in health care costs across the country, especially when it comes to surgery prices. In fact according to a report by Blue Cross Blue Shield,prices can vary from $16,772 to $61,585 in Dallas, Texas for a knee replacement while a hip replacement in Boston, Massachusetts can range from $17,910 to $73,987. Can you imagine paying $56,077 more for a procedure than you really had to, with absolutely no difference in quality? You could buy a brand new BMW 4 Series convertible for that price!

With the rise in high-deductible plans and patients paying out-of-pocket for medical procedures, patients need a way to act as consumer-driven shoppers. This is why we created Save On Medical in the first place. Now, for the first time, Save On Medical will make it easy for patients shop online for both radiology and surgical procedures.

It’s important that patients can find surgery costs and understand what they will be responsible for so there won’t be a sticker shock associated with their medical bills. Shopping around can also help them find more affordable options, cutting down what they will owe out-of-pocket.

 Surgery cost variation

Save On Medical is now inviting new surgical providers to join our website from cities across the country. Currently, we have 25% of the country’s outpatient imaging centers participating as a part of our network of physicians, which we will only continue to grow. Our website has served over 16,000 patients shopping for radiology procedures and now we want to help patients who are seeing huge price gaps in surgical procedures as well.

Find Deals In Your Area - (Search for affordable care in your area today by clicking here: Save On Medical Procedures)

If our top newspapers’ headlines are any indication of how necessary this next step is, then we decided that we owed it to patients to use our expertise in price transparency and consumer-driven care to move towards surgery.  Over the next few months we’ll be adding large surgery providers to our website, making it easy for patients to compare prices for procedures like:

  • Arthroscopy Procedures
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Plantar Faciotomy
  • Hernia Procedures
  • Neuroplasty
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Cervical Epidural
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Septoplsty
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Cystocopy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Biposies
  • Colonoscopies
  • And many more

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Save On Medical’s Best Week Ever

You’re cordially invited to Save On Medical’s Best Week Ever. That’s right. Someone better call VH1, because next week might just be the greatest week we’ve ever had. What is going to make the week of January 26th so fabulous?

Best Week Ever Save On Medical First of all, on Tuesday, January 27th we will be participating in Florida Next’s Pitch6 Event as a part of Bright House Network’s Regional Business Awards at MOSI. To say we are excited would be an understatement. Not only do we have the opportunity to share Save On Medical with a bevy of new people, but also we will be competing Shark-Tank-Style against five other Tampa-based startups for $1 Million worth of advertising dollars. Save On Medical commercials, coming your way soon. Fingers crossed!

This made for television competition will be a can’t-miss-event and we are #blessed to have so many of our supporters in attendance. (Shout out to Florida Blue and Healthbox.) If you want to come check out Matt and Chris’ presentation, learn more about Tampa’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs, or just take advantage of some free food and drinks, you can buy your tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pitch-6-tickets-15009352377

Since we’re friends now, you can use promo code: friendofpitch6 to get tickets for just $10. The party pitch event starts at 5:00 PM.

 

Next, we’ll be taking our talents to South Beach. Well, Hollywood, Florida to be exact. Save On Medical is pleased to announce that we have been selected to be one of the presenters at Florida’s largest venture capital conference on January 29th and 30th.  We are looking forward to the awesome opportunity to discuss Save On Medical’s success so far, share our plans for growth and announce some exciting new features being added to the website.

 

Last but not least, next weekend is Tampa’s Gasparilla Parade! (Learn about Gasparilla here) This isn’t necessarily related to Save On Medical, but any time your company’s home town gets overrun by pirates and essentially shuts down for a weekend-long party, you know it’s going to be a good week. Please enjoy these #tbt photos of our fearless leader, Chris Christenberry decked out head-to-toe in his pirate costume from last year. It’s a look that is hard to achieve. Chris Christenberry Gasparilla

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2015 Price Transparency Resolutions

What’s that people say about better late than never? Well we are already 2 weeks into the New Year and we thought it was about time we shared our New Year’s Resolutions with everyone. 2015 is going to be the year of Save On Medical and we are beyond excited for all of the huge announcements we will have to share throughout the year. In the next few weeks, we’ll be QUITE busy between presenting at Florida’s largest venture capital conference and competing in BrightHouse Network’s Pitch 6 Event at home in Tampa.

There is much to do before Gasparilla weekend when pirates start to invade our home in Tampa, but what better time is there to set our 2015 goals?

Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa

Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa

 

Resolution #1: We are proud to see 25% of the country’s imaging centers as part of our website, but we would love to see that number much closer to 100% so that we can help more patients. We have great traction in some of the country’s most uninsured states (Florida, California, Texas etc.), we’ve attracted providers in rural areas (ex: Kearney, Nebraska) and even large metro markets (ex: New York City, Los Angeles) but we are not finished yet. We want to break into states where we currently don’t have providers and add even more in the areas with great coverage so patients have OPTIONS.

Resolution #2: We started in Radiology because it has the most price shopped medical procedures, but we recognize that patients deserve price transparency in other health care niches too. This is why we will be adding surgical procedures to the site at the beginning of 2015. Soon, Save On Medical will have pricing for over 500 ambulatory surgery centers across the U.S.

Resolution #3:  Our website is a great tool for uninsured patients or patients shopping around comparing prices for a procedure their insurance won’t cover. We want Save On Medical to be a solution for patients with insurance too though. Wouldn’t it be great to see how much you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket with your insurance versus a self-pay rate? Better yet, if you can go through your insurance, if we could help you submit your payment to insurance with just one click? In 2015, Save On Medical will make that a reality.

Resolution #4: We built Save On Medical for patients AND providers, so we want to continue to improve our website so that it’s a better tool for physicians. Imagine how easy it would be for a doctor to refer a patient to a specialist through a seamless app in which the patient could pick which provider they want to see.  We’ll be working towards that goal as well.

 

We can’t wait to see what the rest of 2015 has in store for us. What are your healthcare resolutions?

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Price Transparency Infographic

price-transparency-infographic (1)Price Transparency Infographic

 

Source: Truven Health - http://truvenhealth.com/portals/0/images/infographic/price-transparency-infographic.pdf

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SaveOnMedical Selected as Finalist in Bright House Regional Business Awards

Tampa-based start-up Save On Medical has been selected as one of the top five finalists in Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards, competing for $1MM in commercial TV production, commercial air time, and cash prizes. 


Tampa, FL – 12/22/14: Save On Medical is pleased to announce that their Tampa-based health care start-up has been selected as one of the top five finalists in the Start-up Category for the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards.Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards

Save On Medical will present their company, which is an online marketplace using price transparency to help patients shop for medical procedures – similar to Expedia, to a panel of judges in a Pitch 6 event. The panel will include a group of angel investors and the pitch will be filmed in front of a live, studio audience and hosted by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington.

The event will be held at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Tampa from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015.

During the event, audience members will be polled to vote for their favorite start-up during the Pitch 6. Tickets will be available to be purchased from the FloridaNEXT Foundation. Tickets will include two complimentary drinks, appetizers and free parking for the event.

Save On Medical would like to thank Bright House Networks and FloridaNEXT for this amazing honor and invites the Tampa Community to come out to the Pitch 6 event to support health care innovation in Tampa Bay.

The winner of the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards start-up category will be announced at the Regional Business Awards Gala at the Tampa Convention Center on February 5, 2015

 


 

About Save On Medical

Save On Medical is an online marketplace for medical procedures that uses price transparency to help patients make informed care decisions based on cost, quality or convenience —similar to the way Expedia does for travel. Providers are then able to advertise their pricing, collect up-front payment and fluctuate prices based upon demand.

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