December 2016 Volume 18 Issue 10
Providing Current Information on

Health Insurance Industry Issues and Legislation

High-Deductible Plans = Higher Costs and Delayed Care
Low premiums are the major consideration for more than 1 in 3 people when
choosing their health insurance. Unfortunately, more than 6 in 10 of people
selecting low cost highest deductible plans said their healthcare costs increased
or remained the same. Additionally, 64% delayed care to avoid paying the high
deductible. Not all the news for health insurers and employers in the latest survey was bad.
Top 10 Medical Innovations Coming in 2017
The Cleveland Clinic named 10 medical innovations it believes have the greatest
potential to improve patient health dramatically that will be coming in the New Year.
They range from bugs to drugs to technology to tests to bio absorbable implants.
Repeal of Obamacare Faces Major Obstacles
Republicans have vowed to make repealing Obamacare a top priority. To do so they
will have to overcome at least 5 major obstacles. One will be how to keep popular
pieces of the ACA while dumping the unpopular ones to which they tied. Another
is what to do for the estimated 22 million people who stand to lose their healthcare
insurance when the ACA is repealed. And, there are more.
Surprise Bill Epidemic for In-Network ER Visits, Who is to Blame
Patients across the country are being hit with bills from out-of-network, nonhospital
employee providers 22% of the time when they visit in-network
Emergency Rooms. This according to new research published in The New
England Journal of Medicine. While the problem is widespread the incidence
varies greatly market to market. The physicians blame the insurers. The insurers
blame the hospitals. The hospitals say it's not their fault.
Three Star Preferred Provider Program Additions
ABIRA Medical Laboratories
Langhorne, PA 190471

ABU Taher
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Bernard Bentley
East Hampton, NY 11937

CarPoint Medical Solution
Norristown, PA 19401

CBT of Midtown
Great Neck, NY 11024

CFM Interests/TX Emergency
Care Specialists
Houston, TX 77253

Clintox Laboratories, Inc.
Tarzana, CA 91356

Darlings Home Care
Warren, PA 16365
Emergency Care of East Houston,
Houston, TX 77049

Home Infusion Solutions
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Ira Golchehreh, LAC
San Rafael, CA 94901

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
Columbus, OH 43223

Valley Endoscopy Center
Harlingen, TX 78550

Westglen Gastrointestinal Consultants
Shawnee, KS 66217

William Evans, MD
Matteson, IL 60443