The following article is based on the premise that health insurance is health insurance. In truth, “health insurance” is not insurance at all but has simply become a government mandated welfare assistance program administered by insurance companies and TPA’s.
Please Mr. Plan Sponsor, pay me direct. I really am worth it! I used to get $35,000 per year on your 75 employee life group plus an undisclosed bonus. I’m sorry I only showed up on renewal, and I promise I will change that. Please, Please, Pretty Please…………………
Edinburg, TX–– Leaders at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System (DHR) and Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) have signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to explore collaborative opportunities between the organizations.
Today, most drug companies offer large rebates to pharmacy benefit managers on behalf of different health plans and employers to reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs. The problem is a significant portion of the savings is not being passed onto the public.
Sen. Bernie Sanders says the ability of Aetna to disrupt the public health insurance exchange system in 2017 by withdrawing from 11 states’ programs shows why letting private companies sell health insurance is a bad idea.
San Antonio, TX – Locally owned BMA (Third Party Administrator of Health Insurance plans) announced today that it has launched a new Web site along with enhancements to its End User Portal. Company officials are excited to make this upgrade to their Web site and enhance the user experience in their end-user Portal.
Some exchange plans are paying doctors less than Medicaid pays. Blue Cross in Dallas, for example, pays some doctors 10% less than Medicaid’s fee. If insurance buyers were forewarned, that would be one thing. But no exchange plan is advertising that access will be worse than it is for Medicaid patients.
Providers across the country are experiencing a new “reality” in payment models where patients are presenting “Medicare PLUS” or “Cost PLUS” insurance cards, the latest tactic of self-funded, commercial employee benefit plans.
This video is the second in a series and features a bold, fresh white board format to explain how a growing number of self-funded health plans are using Reference Based (or Cost Plus) Pricing to cooperate with area hospitals to agree on a pre-determined margin, thereby eliminating PPO networks.
Ms. Stinson had a 99 percent blockage of an artery, and her family was forced by the hospital to pay $25,000 before she could receive treatment, Ms. Stinson’s son-in-law told the Indy Star. A second blockage was discovered, and the hospital demanded $30,000 upfront before the second operation.
Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to review all documents to ensure best value for the McAllen Independent School District. As always, should you or any of your staff be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This pdf will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck Jim.
It is clear that future Form 5500 reporting obligations will require more data, more resources and be subject to increased scrutiny by Federal agencies. Employer sponsors of group health plans should begin to evaluate plan documentation and the potential new disclosures required by Schedule J to ensure that each plan sponsor will be in a position to access such information and adequately communicate the new reporting requirements.
“The notion that insurance companies previously charged high premiums, or withheld coverage, from “high-risk” customers because they were evil and mean and greedy, but now Daddy Obama would make them see the error of their ways, was the dumbest and most expensive political fairy tale of the modern era.”
“The illusion of lower premiums today would be financed by higher tax bills tomorrow, and of course they’d never tell you they were raising your taxes to keep the ObamaCare scam floating. They’d tell you it was for bridges, or schools, or Social Security solvency, or something.”
Does your TPA use Deerwalk? Deerwalk is a state of the art system that will allow, among other things, a plan sponsor to compare PPO pricing against Medicare benchmarking on a real time basis. Plan sponsors, for the first time, can determine the real value of PPO “discounts”. Many will be shocked by the results.
“The owner of Welldyn PBM and Continental Benefits has a vision to reduce health care spend in this country by 25%. With fresh capital from the sale of Welldyn, smart money bets Continental Benefits will become a national super TPA in short order. Before the Welldyne sale Continental Benefits was on a fast track. Now it will be nuclearized on an even faster track.” – Molly Mulebriar
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will sever ties with Houston-based Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, putting approximately 100,000 patients out of network with the providers’ physicians, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Insurance carriers know it. If you build self-funded plans, you know it. There are ways to reduce plan costs while ‘hiding’ the reduced benefits. One of the rapidly growing methods is to shrink the provider network.