Volume 2, Issue 1

Dear Colleagues,

In an effort to point consumers in the direction of high-quality, cost-effective care, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage has implemented a new consumer-industry coalition, Clear Choices, dedicated to making health markets more transparent, accountable and consumer-friendly.

Clear Choices strives to provide consumers with:

  • Access to better tools to make informed decisions
  • More available data to power those tools
  • More competitive markets to use those tools

Joel White, president, Council for Affordable Health Coverage and Clear Choices, addresses the goals of the new campaign and the benefits of a more transparent market, as well as the associated challenges.

Additionally, I am pleased to announce that the Society for Human Resource Management has recently published an article I authored entitled: "Domestic Medical Travel: What HR Needs to Know." To read the article, click here.

Editor's Note: 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: 10:15am - 11:30am
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 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.

"Self-funded businesses need to view their healthcare spend as they would any other purchase, and demand transparency. Direct contract relationships between employers and healthcare providers are just the answer. Whereas international medical travel is not for everyone, the savings are significant enough to merit a hard look-and if you can find a U.S.-based provider who operates hospitals oversees and offers U.S.-accredited services, you have found the best of all possible scenarios. CIMA offers just that."
- Clifton N. Orme, President and Chief Operating Officer - CIMA Hospital System

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: Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage and Clear Choices


About Joel White
Joel spent 12 years on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member, where he helped enact nine laws, including the 2002 Trade Act, which created healthcare tax credits, the 2003 law that established the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Health Savings Accounts, the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act and the 2006 Tax Reform and Health Care Act, which reformed Medicare payment policies.

Joel spent six years as a staff member on the Committee on Ways and Means, first as professional staff and then as staff director of the Health Subcommittee. As staff director, Joel had responsibility for advising members of Congress, developing strategy, holding hearings and negotiating and helping to enact legislation into law. Joel helped to produce more than 100 hearings on various issues while working for the Committee.

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INTERVIEW: Nicolene Botha, Marketing Director, NameSleuth, Inc.


Editor's Note: It's clear that the medical travel marketplace has been fueled in large part by networking opportunities at various industry conferences, many of which are advertised in this newsletter. We happened to come across a very interesting app designed to enhance the networking experience of conference attendees, and we thought our readers, including event producers, would want to learn more. With this as background, Medical Travel Today recently sat down for an interview with Nicolene Botha, marketing director for NameSleuth, Inc., producers of the new NameSleuth app, to hear why she thinks this technology solution will be the next big thing in the conference world for those who value in-person connections.

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EdisonHealth Network Expands to Include Cancer Treatment

The EdisonHealth Network is pleased to announce that it has selected Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Missouri, as a Medical Destination of Excellence for the treatment of life-threatening cancers.

"This ground-breaking program is the first of its kind to provide individuals diagnosed with breast, colon, lung and uterine cancers rapid access to multidisciplinary, team-based ‘second opinions' of their conditions - all carefully coordinated as ‘concierge' experiences for modest case rates," states Dr. John Bumberry, physician leader of the Breast Cancer Specialty Council for the entire Mercy system. "And, when surgeries are appropriate, Mercy's team will perform them and make arrangements for follow-up care in each individual's home community."

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Twenty Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Honored by U.S. News & World Report

Twenty Kaiser Permanente hospitals are among the nation's elite specialty care providers, according to the U.S. News & World Reports' 2015-16 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care rankings, published this week.
The annual rankings, considered to provide an objective guide to excellence in complex hospital care, are based on the evaluation of the nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide. This year's rankings include the top 15 U.S. hospitals overall and the top 50 according to their performance in 16 key medical specialties. Now in its 26th year, the report also analyzes and rates facilities in most states and in major metropolitan regions (all U.S. regions with at least 500,000 in population).

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Americans Going Abroad for Medical Care Amid Rising Costs

According to a study done at Harvard University, "62 percent of bankruptcies in the United States are due to medical expenses" and that percentage is steadily increasing. As medical-related costs continue to rise in the U.S., millions are searching for other cost-effective outlets abroad.

In 2014, over 1.2 million Americans travelled abroad for medical procedures including, but not limited to, facelifts, rhinoplasty, hip and valve replacements, etc. Depending upon the country and type of treatment, those seeking elective care overseas save hundreds to thousands of dollars. This trend has been growing globally with eight million patients now seeking care abroad each year.

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The Leapfrog Group Elects New Chairperson

National non-profit hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group is pleased to announce the election of Laurel Pickering, president and CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), as chair of its Board of Directors, effective this month.

"Laurel has been a longtime member of our Board of Directors and a key leader within the Leapfrog movement," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "She has been integral in the movement toward value-based purchasing, the effort by employers and other purchasers to achieve higher quality, more cost-effective healthcare for employees."

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Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Launches ReSTART Recovery Online Resource
Website provides key information for the rehabilitation journey

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) today announced the launch of the brand-new ReSTART online recovery resource for rehabilitation. The ReSTART site provides key information for those starting the journey of rehabilitation, as well as their family members, loved ones, and caretakers.

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"By the Numbers" Statistics Reveal Importance of Information Sources for People Starting Rehabilitation and Recovery Process

Following surgery, a stroke, or other health events, most people may prefer to go home and "get back to normal." However, many people need help regaining their abilities. That's why the role of the rehabilitation nurse, as a patient advocate, advisor, and educator, is more important than ever.

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Cost of Angioplasties Vary Widely Across Country
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthfinance.com-Providers' pay for specific medical procedures varies widely across the United States--and now a new study about angioplasties reconfirms the differentials.

To view the original article click here.

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

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Cheryl DeMars, CEO, The Alliance

Trisha M. Frick-Hall, MS RN, Assistant Director, Managed Care Contracting, Office of Managed Care, John Hopkins Healthcare LLC

David LaMarche, MBA, Administrative Director, Finance, Virginia Mason Medical Center

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

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Spotlight Interview

Joel White, President, Council for Affordable Health Coverage and Clear Choices

Nicolene Botha, Marketing Director, NameSleuth, Inc.

News in Review

EdisonHealth Network Expands to Include Cancer Treatment

Twenty Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Honored by U.S. News & World Report

Americans Going Abroad for Medical Care Amid Rising Costs

The Leapfrog Group Elects New Chairperson

Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Launches ReSTART Recovery Online Resource

"By the Numbers" Statistics Reveal Importance of Information Sources for People Starting Rehabilitation and Recovery Process

Cost of Angioplasties Vary Widely Across Country

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