It started in Texas with Cost Plus. Smart employers, realizing that PPO “discounts” came with a hefty price, moved away from managed care contracts and instead paid providers a transparent, fair and reasonable fee for services.
Acceptance of the concept is growing. Cost Plus continues to expand it’s market share. Copy-cat competitors are entering the market, with variations to the concept.
Enter Allied Brokerage Services. Today they announced a new fully insured health plan available to small Texas employers. “Your clients will still receive the value of PPO-like discounts with protection from balance billing for all medical services………………employees can go to any provider of choice………..there are no preferred providers or networks required……………..?
No PPO Network and No Balance Billing? – http://www.alliednational.com/pdfs/823_pf_brochure_flyer.pdf
“ONCE WE RID OURSELVES OF TRADITIONAL THINKING WE CAN GET ON WITH THE FUTURE” – James Bertrand