America’s Most Popular Drug Has a Puzzling Side Effect. We Finally Know Why.Continue reading The Truth About Statins
Speed closing a $55,000,000 sale faster than a melting raspa on a hot September afternoon in Deep South Texas will be on full public display tomorrow at a special meeting of the Brownsville Independent School District. Rumors have it vendors are scrambling to be the first to retain John Moschitta as their spokesman to gain a competitive advantage. In the alternative presenters are studying the Helix DNA presentation of 1953.Continue reading Watch How To Sell A $55,000,000 Contract In 5 Minutes
By Julie Selesnick – Senior Counsel at Berger Montague
Since December 31 and the first attestation requirement for group health plans is fast approaching, I decided to take a look at how the major insurance carriers providing administrative services to self-funded plans are “helping” the plans with this requirement. I figured I would look at each of the larger carriers and report back to the benefits community on LinkedIn about how they were handling it.Continue reading Cigna and its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Position on [NOT] Filing Attestations of Compliance on Behalf of Fully Insured Plan Clients
Medical procedure cost him $150,262.87 while his benefit earned is $1,314.35 producing a loss ratio of 0.0087……………….Continue reading Underwriter Gushes Over Government Cash Pay Health Plan
USI Insurance Services LLC on Monday said that existing shareholder private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP is making a new equity investment of more than $1 billion in USI and will become its largest shareholder.Continue reading Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP To Invest +$1 Billion in USI
“When two insurance contracts both provide only excess coverage, liability must be determined on a proportional basis………..”Continue reading National Casualty Co. v. Georgia School Board Association – Risk Management Fund
Doctors and patients say many insurers have stopped covering Ozempic and Mounjaro outside their approved use for diabetes. Some insurers and employers don’t pay for Wegovy.Continue reading Insurance Issues Making Popular Obesity Help Hard To Get
The primary difference between the two forms is related to who uses them – medical facilities (UB-92) vs individual practitioners (HCFA-1500).Continue reading What Is the Difference Between the UB-92 and HCFA-1500 Forms?
North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell (and friend) recently published the attached Price Transparency and “Markup” Analysis of North Carolina hospitals: NC hospitals are jacking up prices and lack transparency, says report | Charlotte ObserverContinue reading Aldeen’s Sunday Morning Bathroom Read
How Sweet It Is!
MyHealthGuide Source: TrueScripts, 9/13/2023
TrueScripts Management Services, a pharmacist-founded Prescription Benefit Management (PBM) company, announces the launch of a new program designed to seamlessly deliver savings on generic prescription medications.Continue reading TrueScripts Launches PriceProtector+, Powered by GoodRx To Help Lower Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs
Within an impressive 2-minute turnaround time, eDIYBS generates a comprehensive firm proposal quote featuring 12 plans and four tiers. Its distinguishing feature is the unparalleled control it grants users over underwriting guidelines, network discounts, and personalized plan designs.Continue reading Firm Quotes In 2 Minutes
In a previous post on this blog we asked our three readers “Do you know, or have any idea, what the commissions (rebates) are on Skyrizi: 1 Ml Risankizumab Rzaa 150 Mg/Ml Auto Injector?”Continue reading Do Specialty Drugs Pay Commissions?
Do you know, or have any idea, what the commissions (rebates) are on Skyrizi: 1 Ml Risankizumab Rzaa 150 Mg/Ml Auto Injector?Continue reading Question For My Friends On Linkedin And Beyond
The above statement is a pretty commonly held of plan sponsors, many broker/advisers, and the public in general. It is a misconception.Continue reading A CLAIM IS A CLAIM IS A CLAIM
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia CEO Madeline Bell was paid $7.7 million in 2021, making her the top earner among CEOs of the Philadelphia region’s nonprofit health systems. Read more Anton Klusener/ Staff illustration. Photos: The Inquirer, Getty Images
“What’s at stake is easy to see, Freiwald said: “It’s real money to these school districts, which is to say to my kids, your kids, our kids, the community of our children growing up in underfunded school districts, while beyond-wealthy hospital corporations are keeping their property-tax dollars in their own pockets.”Continue reading Non-Profit Hospital Pays CEO $7.7 Million, More Than Spent On Charity Care In 3 Years
Texas’ insurance code now includes voluntary Paid Family Leave as a new form of insurance.Continue reading Paid Family Leave Insurance
PLAN SPONSOR HAS A HIGH RISK INDIVIDUAL WITHIN THEIR HEALTH PLAN WHO HAS BEEN LASERED BY AN UNBUDGETABLE AMOUNT ($350,000) PLACING THE PLAN SPONSOR’S HEALTH PLAN AT RISK.Continue reading Transferring Risk To The Individual Market
Secure Patient Revenue
Secure 100% of known and unknown patient responsibility at Time Of Service.Continue reading Hospital Solution To Patient Debt
Employer to Employer Risk Transfer
Plan eliminates specialty drugs. The employer down the street doesn’t. Joe Sixpack needs a $500,000 specialty drug.Continue reading EMPLOYER RE
M.D. Anderson Loses Governmental Immunity – Texas Tort Claims Act (“TTCA”). The Texas Tort Claims Act (TTCA or Act) is a set of state statutes that determine when a city or other governmental entity may be liable for accidents or intentional acts that cause property damage or personal injury.
In this medical malpractice case, the family of a patient who died after participating in a clinical trial at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (“MDACC”) alleges that the patient died because of MDACC’s negligence.Continue reading Univ. of Tex. M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. v. McKenzie
Committed to our Texas community
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to supporting Texas employers, employees and their families by building strong, lasting relationships in the community.Continue reading +32,000 Texans Work For United HealthCare
Patient dumping or smart risk management? Are lasers relevant anymore? The HOT POTATO risk transfer method……………….Continue reading Employers See Tremendous Savings As High Dollar Claims Leave Their Plan
Silicon Valley’s quest to live forever now includes $2,500 full-body MRIs
Proponents of Prenuvo scans argue that they should become as routine as a mammogram or colonoscopy. Celebrities and venture capitalists are flocking to a growing number of clinics — and flooding social media with chic scan pics.Continue reading Quest To Live Forever Includes Full Body MRIs
Patsy Newitt – Friday, September 8th, 2023
Healthgrades named the top hospitals for orthopedic surgery in 2023, including 11 hospitals in Texas.Continue reading 11 Best Hospitals In Texas For Orthopedic Surgery
Started company with $720…………………Continue reading Meet The US’ Oldest Healthcare Billionaire
Stock up on popcorn and clear your calendar for an action packed live stream event you won’t want to miss……………….Continue reading Brownsville ISD To Discuss Health Insurance During Sept. 18 Special Meeting
Managed care network Contracting: Prohibits the following provisions in network provider contracts:Continue reading Texas Says Goodbye To Most Favored Nation Clause
Next time you’re asked to sign papers at the doctor’s office or hospital, documents that no one ever reads, try signing your name “I did not Read this” or “I Don’t Agree With This.”Continue reading No Sir! Read Our Agreement!
“I couldn’t stand it,” he said. “It wasn’t how I was taught to practice”Continue reading The Shrinking Number of Primary Care Physicians
Molly Mulebriar vs Hospital Admissions ClerkContinue reading Yes, I Have Insurance But I Want To Pay Cash Instead
Texas Pilots EMS Telehealth Project to Extend Trauma CareContinue reading Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center To Pilot Project To Extend Trauma Care In Rural Areas
San Antonio, Austin or Houston – members can see a primary care physician 24/7 for a low monthly subscription rate of $30 at any one of 51 locations. Includes all lab work.Continue reading Direct Primary Care Access For $30 / Month
Plan sponsors need someone sitting on their side of the table. Someone who knows all the secrets the health care industrial complex has kept hidden for years.Continue reading A Picture Worth A Thousand Words
We recently reviewed a proposal from BCBSTX on a large group wherein they guaranteed discounts of 79%! That’s very impressive!Continue reading What Do PPO Discounts Really Mean?
Vitori’s Vantage plan gives employers 36 months of Fixed Premiums for stable cash flow and predictable budgeting…………….Continue reading Industry-First 3-Year Level Premium Health Plan
Brand and Specialty Drugs
Organ Transplant Coverage
AND…………Continue reading Legal ACA Strategies For Affordable Health Care
“Think of going to the grocery store to buy your milk and being charged a facility fee because you entered the store….When you can get access to this information in advance of care and upfront, you wouldn’t tolerate it. You’d go to a doctor’s practice that’s not going to charge you a facilities fee.” – Cynthia Fisher, Founder of Patient Rights AdvocateContinue reading Sticker Shock At The Doctor’s Office — Why Do Hospitals Charge ‘Facility Fees?’
Taking a job as a door-to-door salesman for Combined Insurance the slick-talking salesman was a natural. He broke a company record by selling 271 policies in one week. Unfortunately, most of those were nullified when it was found he sold the bulk of them to patients at a nearby psychiatric hospital.Continue reading He Broke The Company Record By Selling 271 Policies In One Week
“Please tell me what is going on here… The release says these prices will go into effect in 2026.. We know when generic competition comes in, the prices drop massively. So what is happening?” – Chris Barakat on LinkedinContinue reading Deep State Administration Announces First Ten Drugs Selected For Price Negotiation
Medical costs vs health insurance costs. Two different things. Legacy health plans believe they are one of the same. But they’re not. Want proof? A 900 life case has not had a rate increase in 15 years while improving benefits at the same time. Want more proof?Continue reading Employers Expect 7% Hike In Health Care Costs In 2024
Drugstore disruptors? Walmart, CVS want patients to skip trips to the doctor
The big chains are angling for a larger slice of health care spending as new state laws allow pharmacists to treat minor ailments.Continue reading Walmart, CVS Want Patients To Skip Trips To The Doctor?
QUESTION: How many consumers using other people’s money have either the time or the interest in looking up what things cost in healthcare? ANSWER: Zero. It doesn’t matter because their deductible, copays and coinsurance remain the same and that’s all they care about.
“The files may be large and download times may be significant. Internet speed, browser, and computer hardware may impact your download time/speed. Depending on your operating system, you may need to download a tool to open. There are various tools available on the internet; some are free and some are at cost.”Continue reading BCBSTX Machine Readable Files
She Paid Her Husband’s Hospital Bill. A Year After His Death They Wanted More
“The insurer had paid more than it owed, meaning the health system had to reimburse the insurer and charge the patient more.”Continue reading This Would Have Never Happened Under A Cash Pay Health Plan
Ladder is life insurance you’ll love to get. Answer a few questions online and voilà! If you qualify, we’ll cover you with the click of a button. There are no hidden fees, and you can cancel or adjust your coverage anytime. Zero hassles, 100% love.Continue reading Life Insurance So Good They’ll Want You Dead
Hiding Behind A Logo is a traditional American health care finance method of controlling the irrational correlation between cost of services and goods to end-user pricing while protecting ever increasing revenue streams from public display at the same time.Continue reading Naw, I Want To Pay More Because I Like The Logo On My I.D. Card
“The local not for profit facility has a choice to make: either accept the Charlie Brown lump of coal by way of hundreds of financial assistance applications and ongoing risk in perpetuity unless the member hits the lottery or marries an NBA player) OR enter into a direct contract with the plan at a very favorable rate.“Continue reading Aldeen’s Sunday Morning Bathroom Read – Labor Day Edition
Documents and industry insiders suggest that PBMs’ pledges to pass the rebates (commissions) they get from drug makers back to their clients are a sleight of hand. In recent years, PBMs have changed what they call some of the money they take from pharma. Instead of rebates (commissions), these payments now go by such names as “administration fees,” “data fees” or “inflation protection.”Continue reading PBMs Adopt English Language Gymnastics
“Prisma Health is demanding a 24% price hike over 15 months that would increase health care costs by $63 million, with more than $46 million coming from the budgets of self-funded employers.” – UNITED HEALTHCAREContinue reading Non Profit Hospital System Demands 24% Price Hike
This single case agreement stipulates the plan sponsor will pay 85% of billed charges, whatever it ends up to be, no matter how much it is. Based on past experience we expect paid amount will be in the neighborhood of 600-1,000% of Medicare rates or more.Continue reading Plan Sponsor Agrees To Pay M.D. Anderson 85% of Billed Charges No Matter How Much It Is
The Brownsville Independent School District’s insurance consultant finds himself in hot water during his presentation to the district’s insurance committee.Continue reading Insurance Consultant In Hot Water
Help Wanted. Family practice physician position offers complete independence, 8 hour work days with time off anytime needed. Daily patient load average of 8 patients per day.Continue reading Help Wanted – Physician Position Open
Alan Condon – Monday, August 21st, 2023
Shorter contracts, noncompete agreements and increased emphasis on value-based components are among the shifts occurring in physician contracts as hospitals and medical groups build recruitment pipelines and offer incentives to retain physicians.Continue reading Physician Contracts Are Changing
Wheelchair mechanics salivate over $736,072 World Record Wheelchair Repair……..Continue reading The World’s Most Expensive Wheelchair Repair
SOURCE: BowTie Medical
The independents are a Plan Sponsor’s best partner. Build your plan around them and watch what happens.Continue reading 74% of Doctors are Now Employed by Hospitals
“Imagine health care providers getting paid instantly at the point of service, bypassing all the traditional value extracting middlemen skimming off the top.” – Michel de Nostredame, 1565Continue reading FedNow – The Future Of Health Care Transactions?
Short sighted opportunists after a quick buck are never around in the long run…..Continue reading How A Used Car Salesman Sells Health Insurance
It will cut approximately 11% of workforceContinue reading Farmers To Slash 2,400 Jobs
The latest location with wind speed and sea surface temperature forecast in Tomer Burg’s forecast map. Idalia now a hurricane and could be a multi-billion dollar event for re/insurersContinue reading Idalia Could Be A Multi-Billion Dollar Event For Re/insurers
Houston Woman Dies After Getting Cheap BBL in Mexico
Complications from a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure led to the death of a Texas woman.Continue reading Brazilian Butt Lift Kills Texan
“All my medical training told me you were either alive or dead. There was no in-between. But suddenly, I was reading from a cardiologist describing patients who had died, then come back to life, reporting very distinct, almost unbelievable experiences.”Continue reading Life After Death
America’s federally sanctioned entitlement programs, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, each face bankruptcy in the next few years. Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society legislation. Social Security was created in 1935 to provide retirement income for Americans who reached the age of sixty-five. These three entitlement programs consume about fifty cents of every federal budget dollar, or $2.7 trillion in fiscal year 2023.Continue reading America’s Big Three Entitlement Bankruptcies Are Inevitable
What an easy question! First they arbitrarily inflate the price…………Continue reading How Do PBMs Get Away With It?
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Montgomery County has saved $10-$12 million on urgent care visits and $100,000 in labs which has kept medical spend flat for two years.Continue reading Texas County Enjoys Flat Medical Spend
Next Friday the largest employer south of San Antonio will be conducting a public interview of 14 vendors who responded to their Request For Proposals for administration of their self-funded health plan. This poses an excellent opportunity to ask questions, an opportunity not to be wasted.Continue reading Brownsville ISD To Enter The World of Aquarius
Another Sunday Bathroom Read By Doug Aldeen – A Weekly Series
“The New York Times reported in June that Minneapolis-based Allina Health had an explicit policy to cancel outpatient appointments for patients with at least $4,500 in unpaid medical debt.”Continue reading Aldeen’s Sunday Morning Bathroom Read
The bill allows veterans the option to enroll in direct primary care……Continue reading Chip Pushes DPC For Veterans
You don’t know who you hired but you sure as hell know who you fired……………Continue reading Hiring Anyone By Default Is Never A Good Idea
List prices in other nations are significantly 10 times less: In France, Australia, the U.K., Sweden the Netherlands and Germany, Ozempic is between $80 and $100, according to the analysis.Continue reading U.S. Drug Prices Are Outrageous
Claire Wallace – Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
Ludwig Theodor Braun, 33, is the world’s youngest billionaire who earned his fortune in healthcare, according to Forbes’ live net worth tracker.Continue reading Meet The World’s Youngest Healthcare Billionaire
You Want How Much!
If people would shop around for health care like they do for everything else they would be amazed at the savings they can achieve.Continue reading Pool Filter Insurance Anyone?
Do you ever set the “Rules of the Game” with your prospects BEFORE you go through the quoting process? You should! If you don’t, this will happen…Continue reading Set Rules Before Engaging A John To Avoid An Uncompensated Screwing
That next wave of fiduciary litigation seems to be expanding, based on social media outreach by the law firm of Schlichter Bogard.Continue reading Lawyers See Gold In Them Darn Hills Yonder