Volume 2, Issue 9

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the Institute for Healthcare Consumerism has invited me to lead a panel discussion: "Growing Employer Uptake of Domestic Medical Travel Benefits," during the 2016 IHC Forum & Expo, May 25th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Atlanta, Ga.

The presentation will include a seasoned group of panelists, including Technology Guru Tibi Zohar, CEO, DoctorGlobe, Benefit Design Specialist TJ Morrison, Vice President, Benefit Design Specialists and Claims Administration and Health Management expert Tim Hyde, Vice President, HealthSCOPE Benefits. The panel will offer attendees an inside perspective on the domestic medical travel phenomenon and how a growing number of small to mid-size employers are taking advantage of direct-to-provider contracts with bundled pricing. Attendees will also receive an exclusive view of the new technology platform, DoctorGlobe.

Recently, I spoke with the Co-Founder and CEO of DoctorGlobe, Tibi Zohar, and was very interested to learn about his market solution which is dedicated to self-funded employers and their health-plan participants. The technology platform is designed to inspire employees to select providers who offer high-quality, affordable care. Read on to learn more!

We've been in contact with self-insured employers of all sizes that are re-evaluating the size and scope of their networks to ensure that individuals are accessing quality care at the most cost-effective sites. This growing trend will be evident during a panel presentation that I am chairing at SIIA's upcoming Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, September 25-27, 2016.

Judging from the turnout and enthusiasm at last year's event, I am certain that this year will be even better. Take a look at the speakers - high profile leaders who are positioned to make these decisions for the marketplace. http://www.siia.org/

Whether you are an employer, provider or intermediary, you will want to attend. Look forward to seeing you in September!

We're also 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 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: Tibi Zohar, Co-Founder and CEO, DoctorGlobe Inc.

Tibi Zohar, CEO
(460) 576-3339 ext: 700



About DoctorGlobe
Find, Compare, and Reserve Your Care®
DoctorGlobe brings a positive disruptive approach to employees' selection of healthcare providers where a bonus replaces the old deductible. An interactive online process that inspires employees to select quality providers who offer better care for less.

For more information about DoctorGlobe, download the brochure here.

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36th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo
September 25-27, 2016 • JW Marriott Austin • Austin, TX

SIIA's National Educational Conference & Expo is the world's largest event dedicated exclusively to the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer industry. Registrants will enjoy a cutting-edge educational program combined with unique networking opportunities, and a world-class tradeshow of industry product and service providers guaranteed to provide exceptional value in four fast-paced, activity-packed days.

Monday, September 26, 2016
TIME: 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Taking a page from the travel surgery playbooks that the large, high-profile companies have followed over the past few years, mid-size or smaller employers and plan sponsors now recognize that the site of service significantly impacts the quality and cost of care. These are the keys factors in selecting where to have procedures performed - everything from MRIs and diagnostics to complex surgeries. 

Learn how TPAs, brokers and employers are educating and incenting employees to make better choices - from reducing coinsurance to eliminating copayments, paying travel expenses or cash rewards.  The goal is to help employees seek the right care, at the right time, and in the right place - in or out of current networks."

Panel Chair: Laura Carabello

Editor and Publisher


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Laura Carabello, principal and chief creative officer, CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, is a strategy consultant in healthcare and technology who has more than 25 years of experience in positioning public, private and non-profit entities in medical travel, health information technology, managed care and employee benefits, and life sciences. Carabello presents and chairs numerous industry conferences, and has testified before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on healthcare advertising and marketing ethics. The recipient of multiple leadership and humanitarian awards, Carabello serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Bergen County. She received a B.S. in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

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Employers of Every Size Embrace Medical Travel
by Laura Carabello, Editor and Publisher, Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel

This article was originally published by The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism in the 2016 HealthCare Consumerism Outlook magazine.

When faced with substantial monetary penalties for noncompliance, and the need to curb staggering healthcare costs, U.S. domestic medical travel represents an effective way for employers to lower costs while giving plan members access to quality care. 

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Prices and Healthcare Quality: Many Consumers Don't See A Link
by Michelle Andrews

Kaiser Health News is the original publisher of this article. Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kaiser Health News-Most consumers don't believe the adage that "you get what you pay for" in healthcare, according to a new study.

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Mount Sinai Health System, 32BJ Health Fund, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Launch Innovative Joint Replacement Program

Mount Sinai Health System announces the launch of a Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program for hip and knee procedures with 32BJ Health Fund, the health fund for the largest property service workers union in the United States

Today, Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) announced the launch of a Joint Replacement Bundled Payment Program for hip and knee procedures with 32BJ Health Fund, the health fund for the largest property service workers union in the United States. The program, developed in partnership with MSHS, The Mount Sinai Hospital, 32BJ and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, offers 32BJ members and their dependents hip and knee replacement surgeries at no out-of-pocket cost with a streamlined patient experience during their hospital stay, as well as through their recovery.

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Study: Insurers Must Do More to Promote Use of Price Transparency Tools
by Katherine Moody

Fiercehealthpayer.com-A new study that evaluates Aetna's price transparency tool offers a window into which customers use these tools, how they use them and how insurers might want to structure their efforts to encourage more use of such tools among their plan members.

To view the original article click here.

Uninsured Rate Hits Eight-Year Low, Gallup Says
by Leslie Small

Fiercehealthpayer.com-A new Gallup poll puts the uninsured rate at 11 percent among U.S. adults, a figure it says is the lowest since 2008. 

To view the original article click here.

Green Mountain Products Introduces Superpolymer Suit to Provide Head-to-Toe Protection Against Zika Virus and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Green Mountain Products, a 45 year old manufacturing company, has introduced a superpolymer suit, which provides head-to-toe protection against mosquitoes, ticks, bees, and numerous other insects.

This suit, which has been in service for more than a dozen years, provides protection against common industrial hazards such as powdered lead paint, asbestos, and herbicides as well as dry pesticides. The suit has been shown to prevent micro particle intrusion of foreign matter down to .5 (one half a micron).

Tried and field tested for protection and durability, these suits are now being pressed into service to protect against the Zika virus, as well as the West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses. This new danger, the Zika virus, and its far reaching effects are no match for this modern miracle suit.

The suggested retail cost is $9.98 and is available at retail outlets and online for easy purchase. For samples or further information contact, Matt Deedon, plant manager at Green Mountain Products, Inc. He can be reached at MattDeedon@greenmountainproducts.com.

About Green Mountain Products
Green Mountain Products, Inc. is a Connecticut manufacturing corporation founded 1974. The company's customer base spans from national retail chains and catalogs to single store retail outlets. Sales are both domestic and international with distribution in Central Europe, South America and Australia.

Contact information
Green Mountain Products, Inc.
44 Muller Industrial Park, Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: 203 846-9505
Email: MattDeedon@greenmountainproducts.com

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Spotlight Interview

Tibi Zohar, Co-Founder and CEO, DoctorGlobe Inc.

News in Review

36th Annual National Educational Conference & Expo

Employers of Every Size Embrace Medical Travel

Prices and Healthcare Quality: Many Consumers Don't See A Link

Mount Sinai Health System, 32BJ Health Fund, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Launch Innovative Joint Replacement Program

Study: Insurers Must Do More to Promote Use of Price Transparency Tools

Uninsured Rate Hits Eight-Year Low, Gallup Says

Green Mountain Products Introduces Superpolymer Suit to Provide Head-to-Toe Protection Against Zika Virus and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

IHC Forum and Expo