THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 3

Dear Colleagues,

When discussing the voluntary benefit space, a medical travel offering seems to be the missing puzzle piece. Employers are looking for answers that the medical travel industry provides, i.e. high-quality, cost-effective healthcare, so why has medical travel not become a mainstream benefit yet?

Jim Ouimet, president, US Marketing & Sales, Afinium, Ltd., who plays an active role in both the voluntary benefit and medical travel spaces, says, "In my experience, it can be difficult to get people, including brokers, to expand professionally beyond their comfort zone or core competencies. I think this has been the case with medical travel."

In this issue, Ouimet hones in on the relationship between voluntary benefits and medical travel, and shares his thoughts on the likelihood of a voluntary medical travel benefit in the future.

We're starting to hear 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: Jim Ouimet, President, US Marketing & Sales, Afinium, Ltd.

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About Jim Ouimet
Jim Ouimet is president, US Marketing & Sales, for Afinium, Ltd., a customer-centric enterprise enrollment and marketing platform using self-learning algorithms and configurable rules to support automated sales and marketing. He is also founder of JCG consulting, a thought leadership firm dedicated to advancing ideas and strategies focused on staying ahead of the curve and maintaining a competitive advantage in the benefits market place.

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Choosing the Right Hospital: Helping Employees Avoid Potential Harm  
by Spencer Whipple and Benjamin Tabah

Introduction

Fifteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine published a 223-page report called To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The report alleged that up to 98,000 people die in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors, which represents up to four percent of all deaths in the U.S. The result of this report was a national uproar from the public and the medical community, and was featured on major news outlets including NBC, ABC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today; it is estimated that over 100 million Americans were exposed to coverage about the epidemic of medical errors.

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Paralysis by Analysis: Or the Only Thing We Have to Fear Is, Fear Itself
By Richard Krasner

Having now written this blog for more than two and a half years, I find that when I discuss the issue of medical travel, either for workers' comp or for general healthcare, there are dozens of reasons (or maybe they are excuses) given by various individuals I have conversations with about why medical travel is not feasible or even profitable.

Being an intelligent, well-educated person, I know that this country has put men and women into orbit, landed on the Moon, and have sent unmanned spacecrafts to every single planet and planetoid in our system, as well two probes out of the solar system and into deep space.

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Follow-up Visits After Surgery: Telehealth, Medical Travel and Workers' Comp
by Richard Krasner

One of the questions posed to me when I have discussed the idea of medical travel in workers' comp is what to do with follow-up care.

In an article this week from Reuters, Andrew Seaman wrote that people may happily, and safely, forgo in-person doctors' visits after surgery by opting instead for talking with their surgeons by phone or video. Seaman said this was the result of a small study of U.S. veterans.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey: Health Insurance Deductibles Outpacing Salaries

Nbchnewsletter.blogspot.com-This week the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) released its 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey, an annual survey of employers that provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and employer opinions.

To read the original article click here.

New Treatments For Congestive Heart Failure Could Be Too Costly
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthfinance.com-Two new treatments have arrived to mitigate the effects of congestive heart failure (CHF), a growing problem in the United States. But their cost may be prohibitive, according to a new report by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and the California Technology Assessment Forum.

To read the original article click here.

New Jersey Providers Mystified Over Blues Selection for New Network
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthfinance.com-A big New Jersey insurer has created a tiered network from scratch that has excluded many of the state's biggest hospitals, leading executives to engage in behavior ranging from head-scratching to claims of religious discrimination.

To view the original article click here.

Lawmakers, Industry Leaders Clash Over Effects of Healthcare Consolidation
by Leslie Small

Fiercehealthpayer.com-While politicians and industry experts who spoke at a congressional hearing Thursday were divided about whether the Affordable Care Act is driving healthcare industry consolidation, nearly all agreed on one point: They are deeply concerned about the pending health insurance mergers.

To view the original article click here.

IV Drug Use Emerging as Top Risk Factor for MRSA Infections
by Julie Bird

Fiercehealthcare.com-With the rate of the most common form of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection falling in hospitals but remaining steady in the community, the biggest emerging risk factor for infection is intravenous drug use, a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology found.

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California Launches Price Comparison Website But Procedure Costs Remain Unclear
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthfinance.com- California is the latest state to get into the healthcare price transparency game, with one of its regulators launching a healthcare services comparison site in conjunction with Consumer Reports and the University of California at San Francisco.

To view the original article click here.

Short Pause After Patient Death Helps Medical Teams Recover Emotionally
by Julie Bird

Fiercehealthcare.com-Medical teams at the University of Virginia Medical Center find that pausing for a few moments after a patient dies helps them accept the loss and experience less emotional trauma.

To view the original article click here.


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Spotlight Interview

Jim Ouimet, President, US Marketing & Sales, Afinium, Ltd.

News in Review

Choosing the Right Hospital: Helping Employees Avoid Potential Harm

Paralysis by Analysis: Or the Only Thing We Have to Fear Is, Fear Itself

Follow-up Visits After Surgery: Telehealth, Medical Travel and Workers' Comp

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey: Health Insurance Deductibles Outpacing Salaries

New Treatments For Congestive Heart Failure Could Be Too Costly

New Jersey Providers Mystified Over Blues Selection for New Network

Lawmakers, Industry Leaders Clash Over Effects of Healthcare Consolidation

IV Drug Use Emerging as Top Risk Factor for MRSA Infections

California Launches Price Comparison Website But Procedure Costs Remain Unclear

Short Pause After Patient Death Helps Medical Teams Recover Emotionally

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