The Texas Attorney General has been asked to determine whether the Texas Business & Commerce Code prohibits a consumer reporting agency from reporting certain information if a member is covered through a self-funded reference-based-pricing health & welfare plan.
I wrote this book to empower every individual — and to help everyone recognize that despite yet another season of campaign promises, we do not need to wait on our legislators in Washington D.C. to change health care……………………
This graph represents the dynamics characteristic of traditional managed care plans (PPO). PPO contracts are tied to the billed charges, not costs. As billed charges go up each year, so do premiums, even though costs may have not gone up at all. Employers mitigate their increasing costs by reducing benefits. It’s a vicious never ending cycle.
The Shoot Out At The OK Corral is an entertaining novella worth watching. Three insurance consultants vie for the business, each giving a 15 minute presentation to the Board of Trustees at the Kingsville Independent School District last week.
“The intent of this notice is to make you aware that we don’t recognize in any of these programs and Baptist Health will not agree to accept unilateral rates established by these reference based pricing plans…………..plan participants may be held financially responsible for up to 100% of billed charges”
“We see a lot of brokers making significant efforts to pull in better loss information and better claims information so they can be partners in risk with their customers, in terms of explaining to them the patterns they see, benchmarking them against peers, and then being able to say: ‘If you do this, this, and this, your total cost of risk might in fact go down, and could go down significantly.”
Kingsville ISD went to bid for an insurance consultant to assist the district in managing their self-funded health plan. Staff made a recommendation to award the bid but the board decided to table action pending a public workshop. Three insurance consultants are bidding for the job.
Specialty drug approvals, emerging gene therapies, less relevant PPO discounts, double digit higher charge master rates in 2021, more aggressive billing practices and COBRA provisions related to the pandemic will impact rates well into the coming year.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas’ major health insurers have agreed to continue reimbursing network health care providers for telehealth appointments at the same rate which they pay for office visits through the end of 2020………………..