6 ways to avoid the cost of your high-deductible health plan

High-deductible health plans were supposed to give patients “skin in the game,” making them more savvy about costs. But deductibles today have risen so dramatically—especially for plans purchased on the federal online marketplace—that patients are now foregoing care altogether. The New York Times talked to two patients facing an increasingly…

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Referring patients for financial gain: Hospitals, not doctors, are the problem

A big blast of bad news emanated from Florida last month when Broward Health agreed to pay $70 million to settle a whistleblower case, in which the hospital system was charged with “improper financial relationships” with its own doctors. What Broward was doing, according to the lawsuit, was hiring independent…

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Bundled-payments proposal from Medicare laudable, but leaves physicians out of the picture

In July, Medicare issued a proposal that will require nearly 800 hospitals in 75 markets across the country to participate in a bundled-payments program.  The program will set a target for the total cost of services provided to patients receiving hip and knee replacements, beginning with hospital admission and extending for…

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