THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 2

Dear Colleagues,

Nobody can take issue with the fact that education, information, networking opportunities, resources and access to quality services will propel this industry forward.

We can all benefit from learning the perspectives of Carol Berry, CEO, Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA) who is committed to delivering this level of service. For 35 years, HCAA has supported the advocacy, networking and educational needs of third-party administrators (TPAs), insurance carriers, managing general underwriters, audit firms, physician hospital organizations, medical managers, brokers/agents/consultants, human resource managers and other healthcare affiliated organizations in order to advance industry goals.

And judging from the growth of the HCAA, she is succeeding. In this issue, Berry shares her thoughts and concerns on the concept of employers - large, mid-size and small - to offer employees a domestic medical travel benefit to access high-quality, cost-effective care.

I am pleased to announce that About.com has published my byline entitled: "Medical Travel: Access to Savings and Quality Healthcare." This piece addresses the growing trend of employers adopting an innovative new approach to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare: medical travel. To read the article, click here.

Additionally, my UK colleague Keith Pollard at IMTJ has posted a blog which addresses an issue often raised about the value of one trade association. Please read the blog here: http://www.imtj.com/blog/mta-when-will-hype-and-misinformation-stop/.

Editor's Note: I am pleased to report that the Self Insurance Institute of America has invited me to chair a panel on employer direct contracting during its annual meeting: www.siia.org/national.

Panel: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend
Date: October 19, 2015
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.

The SIIA National Conference & Expo is the world's largest event focused exclusively on the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace, typically attracting more than 1,700 attendees from throughout the United States and from a growing number of countries around the world. The program features more than 40 educational sessions designed to help employers and their business partners identify and maximize the value of self-insurance solutions.

For additional details about SIIA and the upcoming panel, read the announcement entitled, "SIIA Panel Discussion: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend," below.

We're 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& Publisher, Medical Travel Today & 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: Carol Berry, CEO, Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA)

Health Care Administrators Association
CEO Office 
6155 Lockhurst Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-1203
P: 818-340-7668

About Carol Berry
In her position as HCAA CEO, Berry is responsible for the promotion of third-party administrators (TPAs) and others within the self-funded industry, as well as driving implementation strategies to achieve HCAA's short- and long-term strategic initiatives. With guidance from the Board of Directors, she extends awareness of self-funding, promotes educational forums, engages and grows membership, and directs advocacy efforts. She is responsible for supporting the efforts of HCAA's board to maintain and enhance current relationships with sister organizations and for creating new relationships that bring value to HCAA. She also provides strategic direction for HCAA's association management company. Berry reports to HCAA's executive committee.

Click here to read the full story

SPOTLIGHT: Richard Lungen, Membership Chair, HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)

http://hceg.org

About Richard Lungen, Membership Chair, HCEG and Managing Member, Leverage Health
Richard founded Leverage Health following 16 years of leadership experience within the managed care, life and health insurance, and overall healthcare service industries, as a means to deliver best-practice solutions from leading service companies to healthcare payers. Since founding Leverage Health, the firm has experienced year after year growth in sales, referencable clients and Portfolio Companies, and has developed an expanded team of healthcare professionals.

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Domestic Medical Travel: Benefits Option Offers Health and Financial Wellness
by Laura Carabello, Founder and Principal, CPR Strategic Marketing Communications

This article originally appeared in HR.BLR.com (http://hr.blr.com/), a Business & Legal Resources (BLR) website that provides compliance information, training and best practices for HR professionals.

Given the financial and legal pressures on businesses today, healthcare reform has prompted many employers to re-examine their responsibilities to protect not only their employees' health and wellness, but also their financial status.

With budgets and pocketbooks having taken a severe hit from mounting healthcare costs, HR and benefits executives are challenged to help companies avoid substantial monetary penalties for noncompliance under the reform's new regulations, and seek strategies to curb staggering healthcare costs.

Click here to read the full story

EdisonHealth Adds Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute to its Elite Network of Medical Destinations of Excellence

The EdisonHealth Network is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, has been added to its Network of medical destinations of excellence. 

CJRI joins Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, and Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Missouri, as one of EdisonHealth's Network destinations for joint replacements. CJRI is nationally recognized by Consumer Reports as a top five hospital in the nation for total hip and total knee replacements, and the only hospital recognized in both categories. 

Click here to read the full story

New World Medical Network Announces an All-Inclusive-of Travel-for-Two CyberKnife® Cancer Treatment Program at Southeast Georgia Health System

As third-party administrators, stop loss, captives and self-insured companies all look for ways to provide quality care for less cost, New World offers another solution specifically for cancer care as part of the high quality program at Southeast Georgia Health System.

"We are excited to partner with the Southeast Georgia Health System with this state-of-the-art Cyberknife® Treatment offering. Together, with our all-inclusive one price healthcare (TM) offering, the self-insured marketplace will know exactly what they are paying for care before their members receive treatment," shares Terry Johnson, chief operating officer for New World Medical Network (TM) (New World).

Click here to read the full story

Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries: How Medical Tourism Can Save Employers Money
by Richard Krasner

Merrell: "...Can you see a role of medical tourism in workers' compensation injury?"
Ludwick: "I could, if it were a long-term issue. Many workers' comp issues are emergent,
so that would take out the medical tourism aspect. However, if it was a long-range issue, I
could see us involving workmen's comp issues into that, or problems."

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Interested in Improving Your Health and Well-being? Newly Published Book, An Illustrated Guide to Personal Health, Will Provide You With A Step-By-Step Guide!

Tom Emerick has just published on Amazon a new book called An Illustrated Guide to Personal Health, co-authored by Roberts H. Woods, Ph.D., an excellent researcher and professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This book is aimed at showing consumers how they can improve their health and well-being in ways doctors really can't. The authors contend that medicine simply cannot deal with major risk factors. They address 40 of those in this book, although a little irreverently at times.

Click here to read the full story

SIIA Panel Discussion: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend

Panel: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend
Date: October 19th, 2015
Time: 10:15am - 11:30am
Location: Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.

Description: With the sticker-shock of health reforms resonating in the employer community, business leaders are seeking solutions that not only lower costs, but also ensure quality. While there are a few pioneers in the large business category that have tested the waters to execute direct contracting arrangements with targeted Centers of Excellence (COEs) (e.g. Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Boeing) the vast majority of large employers are now contemplating these arrangements in the year ahead. Furthermore, virtually all of the mid-size and small employers are also receptive to this concept and may aggregate their purchasing power through coalitions and other multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). A panel of experts will discuss the latest trends in this area.

Moderator: Laura Carabello

Editor and Publisher: National and International Newsletters
U.S. Domestic Medical Travel: www.USDomesticMedicalTravel.com
Medical Travel Today: www.MedicalTravelToday.com

Panelists:

Cheryl DeMars, CEO, The Alliance
www.the-alliance.org

Trisha M. Frick-Hall, MS RN, Assistant Director, Managed Care Contracting, Office of Managed Care, John Hopkins Healthcare LLC
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns_hopkins_healthcare/

David LaMarche, MBA, Administrative Director, Finance, Virginia Mason Medical Center
https://www.virginiamason.org/

To learn more about the upcoming panel and/or event, please visit: www.siia.org/national.

U.S. News Names Massachusetts General Hospital Best in the Nation
Boston hospital leads publication's list of top-ranked hospitals for 2015-2016
by Joanne Finnegan

Fiercehealthcare.com-Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is the best hospital in the country, according to the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

To view the original article click here.

AHIP: How insurers can improve price transparency tools
by Dina Overland

Fiercehealthpayer.com-Insurers have launched more price transparency initiatives to empower their members to become more engaged in and make more informed choices about their healthcare, according to a new issue brief from America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

To view the original article click here.

A First for Cleveland Clinic, ShurTech: Company Gets On-Site Medical Care

Cleveland.com-The breakthrough innovations of American healthcare are often associated with prestigious universities and sleek research labs where white-jacketed scientists push the boundaries of what's possible.

To view the original article in its entirety, click here.

Technology Key to CVS' Disruption of the Healthcare Industry
by Dan Bowman

FiercehealthIT.com-For many patients, access and affordability often are the most important determinants as to where, when and how they will receive care.

To view the original article click here.  

UAW May Form Co-Op to Negotiate Directly With Providers
Union, automakers confront dramatically increasing healthcare costs
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthfinance.com-Faced with rapidly rising costs for their healthcare, automotive workers may form a special cooperative to negotiate with providers directly for services, Crain's Detroit Business has reported.

To view the original article click here

Q2: Big Five Insurers Report Better-Than-Expected Earnings
by Dina Overland

Fiercehealthpayer.com-The biggest for-profit health insurers continue to benefit from a low utilization trend among consumers, as most reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings.

To view the original article click here.

Despite Negative Reputation, Doc-Owned Hospitals Don't Cherry-Pick the Healthiest Patients
by Zack Budryk

Fiercehealthcare.com-Physician-owned hospitals have a reputation for hijacking the lion's share of desirable patients at the expense of other providers--but it is largely undeserved, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

To view the original article click here.


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Spotlight Interview

Carol Berry, CEO, Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA)

Richard Lungen, Membership Chair, HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)

News in Review

Domestic Medical Travel: Benefits Option Offers Health and Financial Wellness

EdisonHealth Adds Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute to its Elite Network of Medical Destinations of Excellence

New World Medical Network Announces an All-Inclusive-of Travel-for-Two CyberKnife® Cancer Treatment Program at Southeast Georgia Health System

Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries: How Medical Tourism Can Save Employers Money

Interested in Improving Your Health and Well-being? Newly Published Book, An Illustrated Guide to Personal Health, Will Provide You With A Step-By-Step Guide!

SIIA Panel Discussion: Employer Direct Contracting: Game-Changing Medical Travel Trend

U.S. News Names Massachusetts General Hospital Best in the Nation

AHIP: How insurers can improve price transparency tools

A First for Cleveland Clinic, ShurTech: Company Gets On-Site Medical Care

Technology Key to CVS' Disruption of the Healthcare Industry

UAW May Form Co-Op to Negotiate Directly With Providers

Q2: Big Five Insurers Report Better-Than-Expected Earnings

Despite Negative Reputation, Doc-Owned Hospitals Don't Cherry-Pick the Healthiest Patients

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