THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 6

Dear Colleagues,

As healthcare costs continue to rise, employers are looking for solutions to maximize value and obtain the highest return on investment.

Bill Lacy, president, Association for Corporate Health Risk Management (ACHRM), communicates ACHRM's goal to help organizations control healthcare costs, aggregate and manage health risks, and boost employee health-related productivity and well-being.

The medical travel industry learned that Satori World Medical, Inc. has filed for bankruptcy. There may be some lessons here that we can all learn from - and build a business model that generates confidence. I have been receiving emails from many stakeholders in the medical travel community, and while they are reticent to be identified, their comments are worth repeating:

"It is a mess and a shame. They had made some headway but the ghosts of prior employees and over-spending got the better of them..."

"The former CEO and founder of Satori was a convicted felon who served time for fraud. His ‘patents' -- which he seems to have filed while in prison -- have perhaps done the most harm to our medical travel industry, on the corporate side. People, and organizations founded on lies and deceit, eventually get their due, but it sometimes takes time for the market to heal the wounds."

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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 and Publisher, Medical Travel Today and 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: Bill Lacy, President and CEO, Association for Corporate Health Risk Management (ACHRM)

Bill Lacy
President & CEO
856-979-2067
wlacy@achrm.org
www.achrm.org

About ACHRM
The Association for Corporate Health Risk Management (ACHRM) is a national membership-based organization comprised of progressive employers ranging in size up to 30,000 employees and Best-In-Class Sponsor Partners seeking education, a venue to collaborate, innovative methodologies, disruptive technologies and other resources to more effectively contain their organization's healthcare costs, aggregate and manage health risks, and boost employee health-related productivity and well-being.

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Nueterra-Managed Hospitals Rank Among Nation's Best from CMS
Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Physicians Care Surgical Hospital Receive Five-Star
Ratings

Nueterra, the largest privately held healthcare organization in the U.S. specializing in developing equity partnerships with health systems, governments, hospitals and physicians, is proud to announce that two of its partnering facilities have been designated as Five-Star hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital and Physicians Care Surgical Hospital were chosen as Five-Star recipients from CMS as a result of their exemplary patient satisfaction scores, dedicated staff and best-in-class patient experience yielding favorable results.

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Lumpy Gravy: the Lack of Uniformity in Hospital Performance
by Shakil Haroon

Mpirica.com-Since we're embarking into the holiday season, let's talk about gravy!

I don't know about you, but when I think about gravy, I think of a golden liquid with smooth even consistency throughout. But as any cook knows, gravy is rarely uniform. While there are spots that are smooth and perfect, more often than not, there are plenty of lumps.

It's exactly the same with hospitals.

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Employer Choice States See Lower Claim Costs
by Richard Krasner

When I started this blog three years ago, one of the first topics I covered was the issue of employee/employer choice of treating physician (see "Employee vs Employer Choice of Physician: How best to Incorporate Medical Tourism into Workers' Compensation" and "Employee vs. Employer Choice of Physician Revisited: Additional Commentary on How Best to Incorporate Medical Tourism into Workers' Compensation").

Then in March of this year, ProPublica's Michael Grabell and NPR's Howard Berkes, wrote an article called, "The Demolition of Workers' Compensation," which was a first in a series about the workers' compensation system.

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Novaseek Research and Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Partner to Help Hospitals and Patients Contribute to Biomedical Research

Novaseekresearch.com-Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and Novaseek Research today announced a novel collaboration that will enable Massachusetts-based hospitals and patients to contribute broadly to the advancement of biomedical research. Through this collaboration, MHA member hospitals will leverage Novaseek's state-of-the art platform to provide researchers in industry and academia with biospecimens and associated clinical data from consenting patients, accelerating research into the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

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One In 6 Massachusetts Residents Put Off Healthcare This Year To Avoid Costs, Survey Finds

Commonhealth.wbur.org-A new survey of Massachusetts residents finds that about one in six did not get healthcare they said they needed in 2015 because of the cost.

To view the original article click here.

With Aetna's Exit, AHIP Takes Another Hit
Insurer joins UnitedHealth Group in parting ways with trade association
by Leslie Small

Fiercehealthpayer.com-Aetna has decided to leave America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), becoming the second major insurer to part ways with the industry's largest trade association.

To view the original article click here.

Passage Nears in N.J. Legislature on Hospitals-Towns Tax Deal
by Lindy Washburn

Northjersey.com-Last-minute negotiations on Wednesday set the stage for passage of a bill requiring New Jersey's non-profit hospitals to contribute financially to their host towns, a measure crafted after a landmark state Tax Court decision raised doubts about their century-old property tax exemptions.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES
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U.S. Domestic Medical Travel, a sister publication to Medical Travel Today www.medicaltraveltoday.com, is a newsletter published by CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, an international marketing and public relations agency based near New York City that specializes in healthcare and life sciences. In the new era of health reforms, U.S. Domestic Medical Travel discusses the growth of domestic medical travel and its importance to hospitals, employers, insurers, health plans, government, TPAs, brokers and other intermediaries.

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Spotlight Interview

Bill Lacy, President and CEO, Association for Corporate Health Risk Management (ACHRM)

News in Review

Nueterra-Managed Hospitals Rank Among Nation's Best from CMS

Lumpy Gravy: the Lack of Uniformity in Hospital Performance

Employer Choice States See Lower Claim Costs

Novaseek Research and Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Partner to Help Hospitals and Patients Contribute to Biomedical Research

One In 6 Massachusetts Residents Put Off Healthcare This Year To Avoid Costs, Survey Finds

With Aetna's Exit, AHIP Takes Another Hit

Passage Nears in N.J. Legislature on Hospitals-Towns Tax Deal

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