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Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare’s Hammer On Hospital Bills

Source: Julie Appleby/NPR States. They’re just as perplexed as the rest of us over the ever-rising cost of health care premiums. Now some states — including Montana, North Carolina and Oregon –are moving to control costs of state employee health plans. Their strategy: Use Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing. “Government workers will get it first, then everyone

How Employers Are Fiing Health Care

Source: Harvard Business Review A 56-year-old man who works at Walmart — we’ll call him Bill — had been suffering from mild neck pain for years. Recently the pain had worsened, and his wife noticed a subtle tremor in his hands. An MRI showed some narrowing of the spinal column along with disc degeneration. A local surgeon explained that Bill’s best option was spine surgery. Bill had two choices. He could have the surgery at

Brace yourself: Arrival of ‘do-it-yourself’ orthodontics sparks dental turf war

Source:  Joseph Bream/ National Post The introduction to Canada last month of SmileDirectClub, a mail-order teeth straightening treatment that is supervised via oral selfies and dental impressions sent to the Nashville company’s contracted licensed dentists, is a classic case of industrial digital disruption. To judge from the acrimonious American experience since the company launched four years ago, and from the early concerns of Canadian professional associations, the road ahead could be perilous, with possible civil, regulatory, and even