THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 9

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism has invited me to lead a panel discussion: "Growing Employer Uptake of Domestic Medical Travel Benefits," during the 2016 IHC Forum & Expo, May 25th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Atlanta, Ga.

The presentation will include a seasoned group of panelists, including Technology Guru Tibi Zohar, CEO, DoctorGlobe, Benefit Design Specialist TJ Morrison, Vice President, Benefit Design Specialists and Claims Administration and Health Management expert Tim Hyde, Vice President, HealthSCOPE Benefits. The panel will offer attendees an inside perspective on the domestic medical travel phenomenon and how a growing number of small to mid-size employers are taking advantage of direct-to-provider contracts with bundled pricing. Attendees will also receive an exclusive view of the new technology platform, DoctorGlobe.

Recently, I spoke with the Co-Founder and CEO of DoctorGlobe, Tibi Zohar, and was very interested to learn about his market solution which is dedicated to self-funded employers and their health-plan participants. The technology platform is designed to inspire employees to select providers who offer high-quality, affordable care. Read on to learn more!

We've been in contact with self-insured employers of all sizes that are re-evaluating the size and scope of their networks to ensure that individuals are accessing quality care at the most cost-effective sites. This growing trend will be evident during a panel presentation that I am chairing at SIIA's upcoming Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, September 25-27, 2016.

Judging from the turnout and enthusiasm at last year's event, I am certain that this year will be even better. Take a look at the speakers - high profile leaders who are positioned to make these decisions for the marketplace. http://www.siia.org/

Whether you are an employer, provider or intermediary, you will want to attend. Look forward to seeing you in September!

We're also hearing from many hospitals, independent surgi-centers and provider groups that want to be better positioned to serve self-funded employers offering medical/surgical travel options. If you have a good story to tell us, please be in touch! We want to boost opportunities for Centers of Excellence nationwide.

Tell us:

What distinguishes your service offering in terms of cost, patient experience and satisfaction, outcomes, or other quality indicators.

Send us your descriptor, including photos or charts, and we will evaluate for publication in this newsletter.

"Rising health insurance premiums, lack of transparency and increased awareness of how varied medical costs and quality vary dramatically between hospitals and across regions, have pushed consumers right into the arms of international and domestic medical travel. The growing industry provides the perfect solution for patients to receive the high-quality, cost-effective care that they need AND rightfully deserve!" - Laura Carabello, Executive Editor and Publisher, Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel.

READERS: I invite you to send quotes relevant to domestic medical travel to editor@usdomesticmedicaltravel.com to be featured in upcoming issues of U.S. Domestic Medical Travel.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting, growing market space. Please be in touch with your comments and editorial contributions, which can be sent directly to: editor@USDomesticMedicalTravel.com.

Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher

 

SPOTLIGHT: Tibi Zohar, Co-Founder and CEO, DoctorGlobe Inc.

Tibi Zohar, CEO
DoctorGlobe
tibi@doctorglobe.com
(460) 576-3339 ext: 700

http://www.doctorglobe.com/

 

About DoctorGlobe
Find, Compare, and Reserve Your Care®
DoctorGlobe brings a positive disruptive approach to employees' selection of healthcare providers where a bonus replaces the old deductible. An interactive online process that inspires employees to select quality providers who offer better care for less.

For more information about DoctorGlobe, download the brochure here.

U.S. Domestic Medical Travel (USDMT): Give our readers a snapshot of your professional experience.

Tibi Zohar (TZ): For the last 37 years, I have been in the financial industry as both a corporate executive and agency owner. I grew up in Israel and worked there for more than 20 years. In 2001, I had the opportunity to relocate to San Diego, California, with my family after winning the green card lottery - which is held once a year by the State Department. I started building my own financial practice from scratch and have been able to succeed.

Roughly three years ago, I was having a discussion with a friend and reached the conclusion that the Affordable Care Act may actually heighten the problems of both cost and availability of healthcare. That conversation is what led to the establishment of DoctorGlobe. Our solution that inspires employees to make smart choices of healthcare providers is based on two main observations:

  1. Companies spend a fortune on marketing and selling to their customers - prime presentation tools, slick collateral materials, extensive research, and the best human expertise. At the same time they assign their HR and accounting departments to do the "selling" to their employees. As a result, a considerable amount of revenue from their customers ends up bleeding out on their employees' healthcare claims.
  2. Healthcare pricing in the U.S. is the most inefficient in the world. It is estimated that as much as one trillion of the three trillion U.S. annual healthcare bill is attributed to inefficiency. You can find prices of the same procedure to vary by 200 percent within one county, 300 percent within a state, and nationally by 400 percent or more. One may pay half price on the same procedure within 10 miles from home by making smart choices.

We developed a program which would effectively serve as HR's sales and education arm to their employees to exploit the price inefficiency for the consumers' benefit. Our online smart search platform finds and ranks only providers who charge under the employee's average area price. It guides plan participants towards smart choices of healthcare providers, inspiring them to seek better care for less.

USDMT: Which groups does DoctorGlobe serve?

TZ: DoctorGlobe is dedicated to self-funded employers and their health plan participants. To better explain the magnitude - 110 million Americans are covered by self-funded employer health plans. That is almost half of the adult population in the U.S.

USDMT: Does it cost anything to access DoctorGlobe?

TZ: The service is free for providers and users. We charge the companies and plan sponsors, offering them two options that they can move between periodically:

We either share a modest percent of the savings we generate for the employer, or a few bucks Per-Participant-Per-Month subscription fee.

USDMT: Are there other competitors in the marketplace that offer a similar platform?

TZ: There are always competitors, and there may certainly be ones that I am not even aware of. Out of the competitors that I do know of, there are companies that target our market or provide comparable technology - but each of these companies only offers one of the two, whereas DoctorGlobe has combined both technology and target market.

USDMT: When will your website fully launch?

TZ: Our website launched on March 20, 2016. The public will have access only to the general public page. Access to actual smart searches is exclusively for employees and plan participants. If you don't receive your credentials as a part of your company's benefit, you can't experience the smart search.
We will also offer a general home page for information.

USDMT: Down the line, will other groups have access to DoctorGlobe?

TZ: It is hard to say, you never know - things may change and all of a sudden we may need to reevaluate. There are a few presidential candidates who have already mentioned that if they get elected, they would like to release employers from the responsibility of providing health coverage, and allow individuals to purchase their own plans. That would certainly change the dynamics of our offering.

USDMT: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

TZ: We reward everyone in our process - employers for choosing to take action, employees or participants for their smart choice of providers, and lastly, we reward providers who charge reasonably by displaying them and making them discoverable.

36th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo
September 25-27, 2016 • JW Marriott Austin • Austin, TX

SIIA's National Educational Conference & Expo is the world's largest event dedicated exclusively to the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer industry. Registrants will enjoy a cutting-edge educational program combined with unique networking opportunities, and a world-class tradeshow of industry product and service providers guaranteed to provide exceptional value in four fast-paced, activity-packed days.
http://www.siia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4400

PRESENTATION SESSION:
Monday, September 26, 2016
TIME: 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Taking a page from the travel surgery playbooks that the large, high-profile companies have followed over the past few years, mid-size or smaller employers and plan sponsors now recognize that the site of service significantly impacts the quality and cost of care. These are the keys factors in selecting where to have procedures performed - everything from MRIs and diagnostics to complex surgeries. 

Learn how TPAs, brokers and employers are educating and incenting employees to make better choices - from reducing coinsurance to eliminating copayments, paying travel expenses or cash rewards.  The goal is to help employees seek the right care, at the right time, and in the right place - in or out of current networks."

Panel Chair: Laura Carabello


Editor and Publisher

 

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Laura Carabello, principal and chief creative officer, CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, is a strategy consultant in healthcare and technology who has more than 25 years of experience in positioning public, private and non-profit entities in medical travel, health information technology, managed care and employee benefits, and life sciences. Carabello presents and chairs numerous industry conferences, and has testified before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on healthcare advertising and marketing ethics. The recipient of multiple leadership and humanitarian awards, Carabello serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Bergen County. She received a B.S. in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

Panelists:
Simeon Schindelman, CEO, Brighton Health Plan Solutions


One Penn Plaza, 46th Floor, New York, NY 10119
Office Phone:  212.485.9017

Combine a commitment to multiple market stakeholders and a passion to empower individuals and families with the healthcare tools that they have long desired, and you'll have an introduction to Simeon Schindelman, CEO, Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS), parent of MagnaCare LLC, MagnaCare Administrative Services, as well as a brand new commercial health plan currently in development.

Simeon is responsible for all aspects of these businesses including current performance, as well as establishing and implementing strategic priorities that will enhance future success.

Effective and transformative innovation is Simeon's personal trademark, and he will draw upon his broad management experience, leadership expertise and deep understanding of the varied participants in the healthcare marketplace to drive the growth of BHPS.

Given his demonstrated success building businesses that transform the traditional approach to healthcare, and proficiency in working with plan sponsors of all size and scope, Simeon is powering a business model that leverages data analytics, consumer service, and advanced technology to deliver personalized healthcare solutions. He is recognized for incorporating high-touch, thoughtful services that people value in virtually every aspect of their lives, but have been missing in their insurance and healthcare experiences. His formula is also designed to serve the targeted, unique needs of providers, employers and brokers, all of whom are key to bringing tomorrow's healthcare solution to the marketplace today.

This brand of forward-thinking management contributed to the success of his most recent leadership role as chairman and CEO of Bloom Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2012 - 2015), a leader in designing, building, and operating private exchanges. Simeon drove rapid growth that was catalyzed by a commitment to bringing consumers "knowledge, trust, and confidence."

Previously, he was senior vice president, Commercial Markets (2009 - 2012) at Medica Health Plans, Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he and his team created My Plan by Medica, an exceptional provider-oriented product developed in partnership with health systems. Over the years, he has held senior level management positions at several high-profile healthcare companies including a succession of leadership roles at UnitedHealthcare.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Schindelman is determined to make a measurable difference in people's lives and bring about positive change. These are the hallmarks of his unique approach and vision for the success of BHPS.


Mark Kendall, Senior Partner, HUB International Midwest Limited

55 East Jackson Boulevard Chicago, Illinois 60604
Direct Dial: 312-429-2287
Mobile: 312-848-8298
Email: mark.kendall@hubinternational.com
www.hubinternational.com/midwest

With 30 years' experience in the corporate employee benefit industry, Mark has a proven record in consulting corporations. His core competencies include alignment of strategic and tactical objectives of Fortune 500 corporations to enhance their own future financial position with their total rewards plans and with the insurance carrier. Starting his 16th year in consulting, Mark has created over $150 million in documented savings for large corporations and their employees relative to their plans.

Mark is a senior partner at Hub International located in their Chicago office. Hub International is the largest privately held brokerage in the U.S. with over 8,500 employees serving customers in North America. Mark has worked with many of the Fortune 500 companies over his consulting career, including Accenture, W.W. Grainger, Gannett, HCR ManorCare, HSBC, JohnsonDiversey, ArcelorMittal, Presence Health, United Airlines, Union Pacific Railroad and Reyes Holdings.

Prior to his consulting career, Mark's carrier background includes leading the Chicago operation of Unum and leading Prudential Financial's Midwest operation. Throughout his career, Mark's experience also includes extensive training to the industry, product innovation and development specifically directed towards national account sized multinational companies.


Carrie Hatch, Chief Operating Officer, AmeriBen

3449 Copper Point Drive Meridian, Idaho 83642
Office Phone: (208) 947-9229
Email: CHATCH@ameriben.com
Website: https://www.ameriben.com/

Carrie has been with AmeriBen since 2004. As chief operating officer, she is responsible for Operations and is a member of AmeriBen's Executive Leadership Team. She oversees the Claims and Customer Care Centers, Provider Relations, Client Accounting, Plan Build, and Support Services. Carrie's exceptional attention to detail and ability to understand the complexities of the TPA business have been instrumental in the quality of AmeriBen's operations.

Prior to joining AmeriBen, Carrie served seven years as a project coordinator for a large executive consulting firm. Previous capacities she has served in here at AmeriBen include Accounting, Technology Services Center Analyst, and EDI Services Coordinator. Her internal advancement and contributions to the organization truly embody our Core Purpose as it pertains to developing great leaders.

Carrie received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.

Employers of Every Size Embrace Medical Travel
by Laura Carabello, Editor and Publisher, Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel

This article was originally published by The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism in the 2016 HealthCare Consumerism Outlook magazine.

When faced with substantial monetary penalties for noncompliance, and the need to curb staggering healthcare costs, U.S. domestic medical travel represents an effective way for employers to lower costs while giving plan members access to quality care. 

Medical travel - leaving one's home state or region to travel to a designated health care "center of excellence" for high-quality, more-affordable surgical procedures or episodes of treatment - has been an important new strategy for large retailers. In fact, 15 percent of the nation's 50 largest employers offer a medical travel program.

Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Jet Blue and others have begun offering U.S. domestic medical travel programs to their employees, covering the medical treatment and costs, as well as expenses for a required caregiver to accompany the patient. This year expect to see a growing number of smaller, mid-sized companies following suit.

Consider the facts: The number of outpatient procedures done in the United States tripled between 1999 and 2005. Outpatient surgeries represent about 75 percent of medical travel procedures, according to experts, in part because the out-of-pocket payments are relatively high in the United States, but vary widely based on location and among providers. 

Given this huge demand, the benefits of domestic medical travel program are highly appealing. What's more, many employers that recognize the advantages of a domestic surgery travel program soon migrate to international medical travel where the savings are even more significant. About one million Americans sought medical treatment abroad in 2014, compared to about 750,000 in 2013, according to AARP Magazine. Experts expect this trend to increase 25 to 35 percent per year, with particular emphasis on procedures not traditionally covered by employer insurance, such as dental or cosmetic work. 

Domestic medical travel has also sparked a new type of health management company that gives employers access to the country's top hospitals and doctors -- at a predictable cost. 

These select hospitals must adhere to strict benchmarks for: 

  • Positive outcomes 
  • Low hospital-acquired infection rates 
  • High patient satisfaction
  • Advanced staff training and skills 
  • Thorough patient data capture and other factors 

Doctor's costs, hospital expenses and fees are part of a single, transparent price. 

Combined Purchasing Power

More mid-size employers are drawn to domestic medical travel because they recognize the opportunity to provide access to high-value care for their employees. In fact, many mid-size and smaller employers aggregate their purchasing power through coalitions and other multiple employer welfare arrangements. 

They also build in incentive programs to prompt workforce uptake of the benefit, including waiving co-pays and deductibles, and covering both patient and companion/caregiver travel expenses. One of the drivers is the documented track-record of a COE to achieve better results for specific procedures, mitigating complications, repeat procedures, and readmissions -- which can be very expensive in terms of hard costs, time lost from work and the health of employees. 

Several organizations and purchasing coalitions are helping to guide employers in their selection process. For example, The Pacific Business Group on Health unites employers to improve the quality of health care while moderating health care costs. PBGH's member companies provide health care coverage to 10 million Americans and their dependents, offering employers a wide array of services that range from advising on relationships with carriers, supporting projects that accelerate price and quality transparency, and advocating for policy initiatives. 

A key PBGH member, Wal-Mart, launched a COE travel surgery program for cardiac and spine procedures, and suggested that this type of program could have a stronger impact in the market if multiple employers joined together. Since then, PBGH has learned that employers want a travel surgery program that offers high-quality surgical care at affordable rates, not simply the "best deal." 

Employers that sign on with PBGH's Employers Centers of Excellence Network can expect to receive a complete return on investment within two years - and significant savings thereafter. In addition to the competitive bundled rates, higher quality care leads to greater savings. 

This prompts providers to collaborate to ensure the best outcomes because any additional cost incurred beyond the fixed price comes out of the provider's pockets. As a result, Geisinger Health System, for example, has seen a 21 percent reduction in complications, a 25 percent reduction in surgical infections and a 44 percent drop in readmissions.i

Getting Started 

In today's tumultuous healthcare landscape, cost of care has become as important as quality of care when it comes to choosing a hospital or physician for a specific treatment or procedure. As patients assume greater proportion of costs through higher co-pays, deductibles and other plan cost-sharing features, they are becoming more comfortable with the idea of leaving home to access better care that costs less out-of-pocket -- rather than seeking care locally. 

Having access to geographically specific health care cost information is essential for empowering patients to make more-informed decisions about whether to travel for care and how to plan for it financially. In fact, every stakeholder benefits from price transparency and bundled pricing.

Overcoming Price Variation 

Enormous variation in health care prices persists across the country. One hospital might bill $40,000 to remove a gallbladder using minimally invasive surgery, while another hospital might charge $91,000, according to the New York Times.ii 

Prices can also vary within each state. The median cost for a common inpatient heart procedure in southeastern Wisconsin, for example, ranges from $178,647 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital to $105,119 at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints Hospital in Racine, as the Milwaukee Business Journal reported.iii 

By only signing contracts with providers priced in the low range, but that also demonstrate good outcomes, employers can lower the cost of providing healthcare without compromising quality. 

COEs also offer bundled pricing. This is the reimbursement of healthcare providers based on expected costs for clinically defined episodes of care. Providers are paid a single fee for a set of evidenced-based services related to a diagnosis, with payments typically linked to outcomes, as well as other quality measures. 

As plan members take on a greater share of their own health are costs, they are beginning to distinguish between low prices and high quality. Likewise, employers are playing a more proactive role by contracting directly with healthcare providers and COEs in order to find the best value for their employees, and opting for bundled, fixed-price procedures. This has created a new dynamic that benefits companies of every size, plan members and the entire U.S. healthcare system. 


Laura Carabello has been an entrepreneur and a strategy consultant in both domestic and international businesses related to healthcare and technology since 1985. She is the publisher/managing editor of Medical Travel Today, the authoritative, online business-to-business international newsletter of the medical tourism industry, as well as US Domestic Medical Travel. In 2011, Carabello published Medical Travel Today: Opinions and Perspectives on an Industry in the Making.

Notes

i Champion, Wes; How Bundled Pricing Just Might Save Healthcare From Itself; Healthcare Blog; Oct. 26, 2012;http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2012/10/26/how-bundled-payments-just-might-save-health-care-from-itself/; accessed January 9, 2015.
ii Meier, Barry et al; Hospital Billing Varies Wildly, Government Data Shows; New York Times; May 8, 2013;http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/business/hospital-billing-varies-wildly-us-data-shows.html?_r=0; accessed August 31, 2015.
iii Kirchen, Rich; Latest hospital pricing data show wide variance in costs of procedures; Business Journal; Aug. 21, 2014;
http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2014/08/21/latest-hospital-pricing-data-show-wide-variance-in.html?page=all;

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Prices and Healthcare Quality: Many Consumers Don't See A Link
by Michelle Andrews

Kaiser Health News is the original publisher of this article. Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser Health News-Most consumers don't believe the adage that "you get what you pay for" in healthcare, according to a new study.

The report in this month's issue of the journal Health Affairs analyzed the responses of 2,010 adults to four questions about the relationship between healthcare prices and quality, such as "Would you say higher prices are typically a sign of better quality medical care or not?" and "If one doctor charged less than another doctor for the same service, would you think that the less expensive doctor is providing lower quality care or would you not think that?"

A majority of consumers - between 58 and 71 percent, depending on the question - didn't associate price with quality, the study found.

For many consumer goods, price can be a good proxy for quality. But in healthcare, there is "limited evidence that higher prices are associated with higher quality or better health outcomes," according to the study. The goal of many efforts to get price and quality information to consumers is to nudge people toward choosing "high-value" care that gives them the most effective care for the money.

The data provides useful information for healthcare organizations that are trying to understand how people make choices and developing consumer tools, said the study's lead author, Kathryn Phillips, a professor of health economics and health services research at the University of California, San Francisco. For instance, it suggests that offering prices to consumers does not necessarily encourage them to use the most expensive doctors or hospitals.

"In order for these tools to work ... we have to understand how people use this information," said Phillips. She added, "You can't just put price information out there and expect people to use it."

The researchers also noted that the concerns of the 21 to 24 percent of consumers who do associate price and quality must be addressed. The analysis found that people who had comparison shopped for care in the past were more likely to link higher prices with higher quality care.

"If you actually shop for care, and then you believe that price and quality are associated, you're then going to avoid low-priced care," she said, noting that more research needed to be done to understand whether there's a causal relationship between the two.

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Mount Sinai Health System, 32BJ Health Fund, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Launch Innovative Joint Replacement Program

Mount Sinai Health System announces the launch of a Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program for hip and knee procedures with 32BJ Health Fund, the health fund for the largest property service workers union in the United States

Today, Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) announced the launch of a Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program for hip and knee procedures with 32BJ Health Fund, the health fund for the largest property service workers union in the United States. The program, developed in partnership with MSHS, The Mount Sinai Hospital, 32BJ and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, offers 32BJ members and their dependents hip and knee replacement surgeries at no out-of-pocket cost with a streamlined patient experience during their hospital stay, as well as through their recovery.

Unlike traditional fee-for-service medicine, where physicians and hospitals charge independently for each service performed, the bundled payment program establishes a single payment for the entire episode of care - encompassing multiple providers across various settings. The bundle includes costs associated with surgery, recovery and preventable complications.

Members pay no out-of-pocket costs, such as co-payments or co-insurance, for surgeries or related services if they choose a Mount Sinai orthopedic surgeon participating in the Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program. The 32BJ Health Fund provides a service representative to guide its members, offering assistance with everything from understanding their benefit plan to finding a surgeon.
"Our goal is to provide our members with the highest quality of evidence-based care and the highest-quality patient experience to garner the best health outcomes, which, in turn, results in lower costs," said Héctor J. Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU and Trustee of the 32BJ Health Fund. "This innovative partnership between MSHS, 32BJ and Empire is a model for how to best serve members while keeping costs low. We are proud to be launching this program that will support the health of our members and allow them to continue to support their families."

Prior to surgery, patients attend a "Joint Class" to learn about preparing for surgery, as well as recovery. Each 32BJ member is introduced to a care navigator who will assist the patient through the surgery and recovery process, including visiting the member in the hospital to build a customized recovery plan, assisting with the transition home, and following up via phone or email. The 32BJ Fund will also support members by offering assistance with transportation to and/or from the hospital or help once the patient returns home after surgery.

"Bundled payment programs support Mount Sinai's population health strategy to increase the value for every dollar spent," said Niyum Gandhi, chief population health officer for MSHS. "We are thrilled to be collaborating with the 32BJ team and Empire to develop this program, teaming up to create value for our common customer: the 32BJ member. We're taking what we've learned from our experience in the bundled payment demonstration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and expanding it to 32BJ members and dependents. Mount Sinai's clinicians use care pathways that reduce variation and result in reliable, high-quality outcomes. This program revolves around the patient's needs and delivers a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to improving the quality of their care and helping them to achieve their ultimate goal - pain-free walking - while also creating significant cost savings and greater predictability for patients and employers."

"Empire applauds the 32BJ Health Fund for its leadership in fostering innovative methods to continue to provide their hard-working members with great health insurance coverage," said Tom Canty, vice president and general manager, Empire BlueCross BlueShield. "Everything 32BJ does is always in the best interest of their members."

"As the U.S. healthcare system and federal government evaluate ways to reduce the cost of healthcare, payment bundling is emerging as one solution with significant benefits to all involved," said Howard Rothschild, president of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations and Trustee of the 32BJ Health Fund, "This arrangement with Mount Sinai fosters increased alignment among providers to focus on what matters most to patients - a seamless experience with high-quality outcomes at a predictable and affordable price. And that enhances the participant's experience."

For more information about the Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program, please contact Theresa Dolan at Theresa.dolan@mountsinai.org.

About the Mount Sinai Health System 
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services-from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 12 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked as one of the nation's top 10 hospitals in Geriatrics, Cardiology/Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology, and is in the top 25 in five other specialties in the 2015-2016 "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked in seven out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology, while Mount Sinai Beth Israel is ranked regionally.

For more information, visit http://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Study: Insurers Must Do More to Promote Use of Price Transparency Tools
by Katherine Moody

Fiercehealthpayer.com-A new study that evaluates Aetna's price transparency tool offers a window into which customers use these tools, how they use them and how insurers might want to structure their efforts to encourage more use of such tools among their plan members.

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Uninsured Rate Hits Eight-Year Low, Gallup Says
by Leslie Small

Fiercehealthpayer.com-A new Gallup poll puts the uninsured rate at 11 percent among U.S. adults, a figure it says is the lowest since 2008. 

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Green Mountain Products Introduces Superpolymer Suit to Provide Head-to-Toe Protection Against Zika Virus and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Green Mountain Products, a 45 year old manufacturing company, has introduced a superpolymer suit, which provides head-to-toe protection against mosquitoes, ticks, bees, and numerous other insects.

This suit, which has been in service for more than a dozen years, provides protection against common industrial hazards such as powdered lead paint, asbestos, and herbicides as well as dry pesticides. The suit has been shown to prevent micro particle intrusion of foreign matter down to .5 (one half a micron).

Tried and field tested for protection and durability, these suits are now being pressed into service to protect against the Zika virus, as well as the West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses. This new danger, the Zika virus, and its far reaching effects are no match for this modern miracle suit.

The suggested retail cost is $9.98 and is available at retail outlets and online for easy purchase. For samples or further information contact, Matt Deedon, plant manager at Green Mountain Products, Inc. He can be reached at MattDeedon@greenmountainproducts.com.

About Green Mountain Products
Green Mountain Products, Inc. is a Connecticut manufacturing corporation founded 1974. The company's customer base spans from national retail chains and catalogs to single store retail outlets. Sales are both domestic and international with distribution in Central Europe, South America and Australia.

Contact information
Green Mountain Products, Inc.
44 Muller Industrial Park, Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: 203 846-9505
Email: MattDeedon@greenmountainproducts.com

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