SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH!
this will be a welcome home amy from SD/hopefully i'll not be puking at this time rock band extraveganza!!!!!!!!!!
Yay! Damnit I am going to miss Amy while she is gone.
Audra, I really like your painting. You're good!
Although late to the game, I really like that Tempe no longer has speed cameras. Not that I'm speed racer in my shitty car or anything, but it's nice to not have cars in front of you slam on the brakes when they drive past the cameras.
And World of Beers opens today. I might get out of bed to check it out.
This may be the single most worthwhile thing the Arizona Republic has ever done. Seriously.
Thanks for the link.
Still got ID fest tickets for sale $25 each. They are selling for 40 right now
Happy Hour? Anyone? Anywhere?
I work until 6 after all the happy hours are over.
I just realized the primary election is on Tuesday, and I haven't decided who to vote for. This is when I feel bad about not reading any local news. or watching tv news.
spend the day at work tomorrow researching which candidates are the least bad.
I can bring my ballot to work. I really don't want to vote for a Flake though. And I need to write in someone other than Arpaio.
anyone see this? same retarded hospital that messed up my ultrasound and almost wheeled me into surgery for the wrong reason. then made me fast for 12 hours, go through the exact same, extremely painful (to the point of screaming) ultrasound, only to refuse to operate to find the problem. they charged me $25,000 for iv meds, tests, and talking to doctors for five seconds a day. my insurance company only paid like a fifth of that, but without insurance, i'd owe the whole thing.
anyway, this is retarded. how on earth can this shit cost this lady $20,000+ AFTER insurance?!?!
Scorpion sting leaves Ahwatukee woman with a big bill
by Ken Alltucker - Sept. 4, 2012 11:50 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com
Marcie Edmonds was tearing open a box of air-conditioner filters in her garage last June when she felt a sharp sting in her abdomen.
The 52-year-old Ahwatukee Foothills woman had never felt a scorpion sting before that day. She had no intention of seeking medical help, but within an hour of the sting, Edmonds' mild tingling sensation worsened with throat tightness, blurry vision, darting eyes and tense muscles. She could not walk and had trouble breathing.
Scorpion anti-venom has stinging cost
With the help of a friend, she called Poison Control and was advised to go to the nearest hospital that had scorpion antivenom, Chandler Regional Medical Center. At the hospital, an emergency room doctor told her about the antivenom, called Anascorp, that could quickly relieve her symptoms. Edmonds said the physician never talked with her about the cost of the drug or treatment alternatives.
Her symptoms subsided after she received two doses of the drug Anascorp through an IV, and she was discharged from the hospital in about three hours.
Weeks later, she received a bill for $83,046 from Chandler Regional Medical Center. The hospital, owned by Dignity Health, charged her $39,652 per dose of Anascorp.
The Arizona Republic reported last year about the pricey markup Arizona hospitals were charging for the antivenom made in Mexico. Pharmacies in Mexico charge about $100 per dose.
After the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug last year, Tennessee-based Rare Disease Therapeutics sold the drug to a distributor for $3,500 per dose. The distributor charged hospitals about $3,780 per dose.
The Republic polled several hospitals in November, finding that hospital charges for the serum ranged from $7,900 to $12,467 per vial. At the time, Chandler Regional declined to tell The Republic how much it charged for Anascorp.
Edmonds' insurer, Humana, has paid Chandler Regional $57,509 for the bill. The hospital has asked Edmonds for the balance of $25,537.
Chandler Regional issued a statement indicating that Edmonds' charges represented the out-of-network costs for her treatment. Chandler Regional is not part of Humana's network, so she was charged the hospital's full billing rate.
"We believe no one should delay seeking needed medical care because they lack insurance or have high medical costs," the hospital's statement said.
Edmonds, who is a counselor, knows the intricacies of health-care billing, but she believes the hospital's wholesale charges should be explained to the public.
She was astonished to see the amount she was charged. "Everyone I talk to says, 'You've got to be kidding,' " when she explains her bill.
RICHARD CARMONA FOR SENATE
He's in a dead heat with Jeff Flake right now. Flake is a bizarro-world tea party mormon. Carmona is a moderate who has broad bipartisan support - he was Bush2's Surgeon General. Puerto Rican heritage, born in the Bronx, dropped out of high school, then wound up getting his GED, college degree, and MD. His time as Surgeon General was not pleasant:
You know the Mormon inbreds will rally their pasty white Borg to generate a lot of votes for Flake, whose ancestors have been bossing people around in Arizona for 100 years (the town of Snowflake, Az, is named for his family). It is time to show the country that Arizona is not ruled exclusively by the freaks, that we have a majority of sensible people who will vote in a thoughtful, balanced man over an extremist fucktard. Carmona's record speaks for itself, all we have to do is point it out to our friends and coworkers and neighbors. Some of them might be swayed by the facts.Originally Posted by wikipedia