Archive for January 9th, 2015

The Future of Medicine Is In Your Smart Phone

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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Now, at any time of day or night, you can demand and get a secure video consultation with a doctor via smartphone at the same cost (about $30-$40) as the typical copay charge through employer health plans. This may seem exotic now, but several large consulting firms—including Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers—have forecast that virtual physician visits (replacing physical office visits) will soon become the norm.”

Beats calling for an appointment, waiting days to see the doctor, then making your 9:00 a.m. appointment days hence only to see the doctor at 11:00, after sitting in a room full of sick and possibly contagious patients, for a brief 5-10 minutes meeting with your harried and stressed doctor, then driving over to the pharmacy to get your prescription, waiting there for 30-45 minutes with retching, sick and possibly contagious Typhoid Marys and having to deal with Miss Grumpy the pharmacy sales clerk, then driving back to work only to hear your supervisor bitch and moan.

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Self Insurance Administration – A Competitive Market

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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Last March, Aetna scored one of the biggest single contracts in its history when the Teacher Retirement System of Texas shifted the administration of its self-insured healthcare benefits program from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to Aetna.

See: Selecting a Third Party Administrator

“……wellness programs, accountable-care networks, hospital bill audits and direct contracting with providers  appeal to employers……help them (self-funded plans) reduce costs and improve care……..” See: The PPACA – Game Changer for Health Care Financing

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UHS To Open 2nd On-Site School Based Medical Clinic

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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University Health System has teamed up with Southwest Independent School District to open a new health center that will be open to students and siblings under the age of 18………UHS opened its first school-based health center in the Harlandale Independent School District on San Antonio’s South Side in 2013……….

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San Antonio Facing $70 Million Cadillac Tax

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and his Obamacare comic book for stupid Americans

“Gruber said that the trick to selling the “Cadillac tax” was to claim it was a tax on insurance policies and not “people” – Breibart

The City of San Antonio could be liable for huge tax penalties unless it can come to terms with police and fire unions on new collective bargaining agreements that includes less costly health benefits.

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