Monday update – healthcare costs, guidelines, what docs want, and market consolidation

Here’s what happened last week… People who enroll in exchange programs in red states pay 3.2 percent more for their health insurance than folks in purple or blue states.  Research indicates it is because fewer folks in red states sign … Continue reading Monday update – healthcare costs, guidelines, what docs want, and market consolidation

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The impact of provider consolidation

Hospitals, health care systems, large multi-specialty groups – all are getting bigger by buying each other, merging, or snapping up smaller hospitals and physician practices. Providers smart/fortunate enough to be inside these mega-systems enjoy pricing power, strong brand recognition, and … Continue reading The impact of provider consolidation

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Consolidation in the real world – implications for workers’ comp

There’s been a lot of mergers and acquisitions in the work comp arena, and certainly more to come. But the activity in our little corner is minor indeed compared to what’s happening in the “real world” – group health, Medicaid, and … Continue reading Consolidation in the real world – implications for workers’ comp

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Provider consolidation – higher prices, better outcomes

Over the last few years, there’s been increasing consolidation among health care providers – hospitals buying physician practices, health care systems merging, hospitals ‘partnering with’ other hospitals. Overall, consolidation of providers has led to better health outcomes but had also … Continue reading Provider consolidation – higher prices, better outcomes

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Hyper-expensive moisturizer, uninsured jewelry, drug prices, and those costly hospital mergers

in which I cover newsworthy stuff that happened this week… Uh…that’s why you buy insurance From Politico we hear CMS Administrator Seema Verna asked us taxpayers to pay for $47,000 worth of jewelry and other stuff stolen “during a work-related … Continue reading Hyper-expensive moisturizer, uninsured jewelry, drug prices, and those costly hospital mergers

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