THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 19

Dear Colleagues,

This month, we bring you news on the much anticipated House GOP Health Bill, the upsetting news regarding the Bermudan government lawsuit against Lahey Clinic for bribery and five ways to be a savvy medical tourist.

Our spotlight interview features Mark Surrey, M.D., co-founder and medical director, Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC) who discusses breakthrough treatment in reproductive healthcare.

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"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.

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SPOTLIGHT: Mark Surrey, M.D., Co-founder and Medical Director, Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC)

Dr. Mark Surrey
https://www.scrcivf.com

About Mark Surrey, M.D.
Mark Surrey, M.D., is a reproductive surgeon, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He serves as clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and associate director for Advanced Technologies at SCRC.
Dr. Surrey earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.D. from George Washington University.

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Health Outsourced Launches on Indiegogo
A genius pairing of Affordable Healthcare and Travel

As of now, the Indiegogo campaign for the full service medical tourism agency Health Outsourced is up and running. The agency takes to the crowdfunding platform to give people interested in medical services, as well as possible backers an inside look at how this project came to be. For now, the project focuses on the United States and Canada, offering affordable healthcare solutions abroad for those who seek medical help and assistance, for free.

"We’re confident that these efforts will bring people something they didn’t even know was possible, but they definitely need: finding affordable health care. Our project will fit seamlessly into the medical tourism culture, enabling people to get what they need, when they need it, regardless of their financial situation," says Alexandr Repin, founder of Health Outsourced.

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Government of Bermuda sues Lahey Clinic for bribery to obtain contracts
by Ilene MacDonald

Fiercehealthcare.com - A prominent Massachusetts hospital has found itself at the center of a federal bribery lawsuit that alleges it bribed the former leader of Bermuda to steer health business to its clinic.

The racketing conspiracy between the Lahey Clinic and Dr. Ewart Brown, the former premier of Bermuda, spanned 20 years, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Boston Business Journal. It states that the healthcare provider gave Brown bribes disguised as consulting fees in exchange for Lahey receiving preferential treatment when it bid on healthcare contracts issued by the Bermudian government.

Furthermore, the suit alleges Lahey made millions of dollars reading and interpreting medically unnecessary MRI and CT scans at private health clinics in Bermuda that were owned by Brown.

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HHS rule delay does not slow launch of bundled-payment models
By Virgil Dickson

modernhealthcare.com - The Trump administration's move to delay the effective date for a rule that launched several new cardiac and orthopedic bundled-payment models under Medicare will not slow the launch of the initiatives, an HHS spokesman confirmed Thursday.

On Wednesday, a notice in the Federal Register delayed the effective date for a final rule that launches a new mandatory pilot that would make hospitals in 98 markets financially accountable for the cost and quality of all care associated with bypass surgery and heart attacks. That final rule also expanded Medicare's first mandatory bundled-payment model-which covers total hip and knee replacements-to include surgeries to repair hip and femur fractures. The effective dates would be delayed from Feb. 18 to March 21.

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Number of employers offering healthcare coverage dips
by Paige Minemyer

Fiercehealthcare.com- The number of employers offering sponsored health plans has fallen nationwide in recent years, a trend driven by an increasing number of small businesses electing not to offer coverage to employees.

The percentage of total companies in the U.S. offering sponsored health plans decreased from 51% to 45.7% between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report (PDF) produced by researchers at the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In that same window, the percentage of employers with fewer than 50 employees offering coverage dropped from 35.7% to 29.4%.

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States face major funding and coverage cuts under GOP healthcare plan, warns report presented to governors
by Leslie Small

Fiercehealthcare.com - Under an Affordable Care Act replacement plan floated by Republicans, states would see drastic reductions in their federal funding as well as the number of insured residents, according to a presentation given to governors this weekend.

The slideshow, a copy (PDF) of which was first obtained by Vox, lays out the findings of an analysis by Avalere Health and McKinsey and Company that examined the GOP's recent repeal-and-replace outline. It was presented Saturday during a closed-door meeting of the National Governors Association that also included Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, according to the Associated Press.

The analysis estimates that a typical Medicaid expansion state would see a 65% decline in funding, or about $635 million less, under the GOP's plan to replace income-based tax credits with age-based tax credits and eliminate cost-sharing reduction payments. In addition, the state's individual market enrollment would shrink 30%.

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House GOP Health Bill Jettisons Insurance Mandate, Much Of Medicaid Expansion

By Mary Agnes Carey and Phil Galewitz

Kaiser Health News is the original publisher of this content.

Khn.org-House Republicans unveiled their much anticipated health law replacement plan Monday, slashing the law's Medicaid expansion and scrapping the requirement that individuals purchase coverage or pay a fine. But they opted to continue providing tax credits to encourage consumers to purchase coverage, although they would configure the program much differently than the current law.

The legislation would keep the health law's provisions allowing adult children to stay on their parents' health insurance plan until age 26 and prohibiting insurers from charging people with preexisting medical conditions more for coverage as long as they don't let their insurance lapse.  If they do, insurers can charge a flat 30 percent late-enrollment surcharge on top of the base premium, under the Republican bill.

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Insurance Status Linked to Patient Safety in Lumbar Fusion
by Physicians Weekly

HealthDay News- Insurance status is associated with adverse patient safety indicators (PSI) among patients undergoing inpatient lumbar fusion, according to a study published in the March issue of The Spine Journal.

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Life expectancy study shows many likely to live beyond 90 by 2030
By Kate Kelland

Reuters.com- According to a large international study, the average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, with South Koreans likely to have the highest life expectancy and the United States one of the lowest among developed countries.

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Obamacare's hungriest large market goes begging for attention
By Margaret Newkirk

employeebenefitadviser.com- Top U.S. health insurance executives meet with President Donald Trump, predicting the White House's heightening involvement in efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Five Ways to be a Savvy Medical Tourist and Enjoy a Vacation
By Freda Moon

NYTimes.com- When costly medical or dental work is unavoidable, consider traveling overseas and utilizing the savings from lower-cost care for a luxurious vacation.

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Spotlight Interview

SPOTLIGHT: Mark Surrey, M.D., Co-founder and Medical Director, Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC)

News in Review

Health Outsourced Launches on Indiegogo

Government of Bermuda sues Lahey Clinic for bribery to obtain contracts

HHS rule delay does not slow launch of bundled-payment models

Number of employers offering healthcare coverage dips

States face major funding and coverage cuts under GOP healthcare plan, warns report presented to governors

House GOP Health Bill Jettisons Insurance Mandate, Much Of Medicaid Expansion

Insurance Status Linked to Patient Safety in Lumbar Fusion

Life expectancy study shows many likely to live beyond 90 by 2030

Obamacare's hungriest large market goes begging for attention

Five Ways to be a Savvy Medical Tourist and Enjoy a Vacation