Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re updating as warranted.) Coronavirus (COVID 19) testing is making headlines nationwide. Amid a flood of reports of people being charged high prices for testing, or being unable to find testing, there’s a need for reliable information (for a database of test sites, […]

Why is New York killing health insurance for my employees? | The New York Post

Filed Under: Costs

Summary: Seemingly obscure regulatory battles can make a huge difference. Here’s one case, about stop-loss insurance regulations and self-insured employers, from an opinion piece in The New York Post. “Before switching to self-insurance two years ago, Pharos faced double-digit premium hikes for conventional insurance coverage every year,” writes Kevin Pickhardt, CEO of Rochester-based Pharos Systems […]

Understanding the guts of the insurance system: Ron Peck

Filed Under: Costs

Understanding the guts of the insurance system: Ron Peck

Summary: Understanding the guts of the system — arcana  such as plan documents, stop-loss, self-insurance, ERISA commitments, balance billing, subrogation and generally chasing down the money — may not seem like fun stuff. But it actually is, when you get to talk about these things with Ron Peck, senior vice president and general counsel at […]

New models of payment: Going direct, and cutting out the middleman

  This is the second part in our series of new models of payment in the health-care marketplace, touching employers and individuals. The first part is here. * * * * * Employers, patients and other health-care marketplace parties are increasingly cutting insurance companies out of the equation. We’ve written about cost-plus and Medicare-plus, which […]