Large employers exerting their influence on the costs of surgery

With the news of Kroger negotiating its own fixed-price surgery deals, we may be approaching a critical mass of employers who are taking health care matters into their own hands. The Dayton Daily News describes the type of deal Kroger negotiated to ensure excellent surgical care for its employees at a more affordable price: Fixed price deals … […]

Cities pressure nonprofits to pay up or lose tax exemption

Cash-strapped cities are beginning to wake up to a new revenue source in their midst: the local not-for-profit hospital. Increasingly, city fathers are trying to persuade nonprofit hospitals to voluntarily kick in a percentage of the savings they get from their property tax exemption. Emily Badger, at Co.design, explains the history behind this movement: The idea that nonprofits […]

Should employer-provided health insurance be tax-free?

At the intersection of tax and health care reform lies a number of controversial issues. One issue, which many shy away from talking about, is whether employer-provided insurance should remain tax-free. About 57 percent of all Americans under age 65 get their health insurance through their employers. But few workers are aware that premiums for […]

Anthem to hospitals: We won’t pay your high imaging prices

Insurance giant Anthem’s new policy of refusing coverage in nine states for outpatient imaging tests performed in a hospital has created quite a stir. Good for them! While acting in their own self interest as all insurers do, they are appropriately attacking the biggest problem in health care today: prices. As more and more people are […]

Employer fights potential monopoly from hospital merger

Suffering under the crushing burden of health care costs, Americans have been looking for a hero for many years now. A person or institution that can shake things up and bring costs down. Some analysts have argued that large employers were best positioned to accomplish this, and a steel producer in West Virginia is trying […]

Employers hold the key to health care cost reductions

Man showing business graph on wood table The hoopla surrounding the new Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JPMorgan Chase alliance makes it seem like large employers are finally getting mad about the high cost of health care. But employers have been mad about such costs for decades. Margot Sanger-Katz, in the New York Times, points out that corporations have been experimenting with […]

Can competition and collaboration coexist in health care?

As a nation, we worship at the altar of capitalism. Our core belief? That competition results in increasingly better products and services at lower costs. With today’s near monopolies in hospital systems, insurance behemoths and drug companies, we clearly need more competition in health care, right? An Ohio professor of health finance at Case Western […]

Large employers exerting their influence on the costs of surgery

With the news of Kroger negotiating its own fixed-price surgery deals, we may be approaching a critical mass of employers who are taking health care matters into their own hands. The Dayton Daily News describes the type of deal Kroger negotiated to ensure excellent surgical care for its employees at a more affordable price: Fixed price deals … […]

Do we really want insurers providing our health care?

The list of contradictions in health care is long and mind-boggling. But here’s the one that bothers me the most: The number of inpatient surgeries at hospitals decreased by more than 16 percent from 2012 to 2016. Over the same period, prices increased almost 30 percent. The result is that total spending on inpatient surgeries […]