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Report: Hospital Payments Vary, but It’s Not Because of the Quality of Care

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Xerox HealthFocus magazine. The need for quality and the importance of fairness are often lost in the highly charged debate…
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Small Firms Self-insure: What This Means For The ACA

In some states, self insurance is a valid option, while in others it’s practically impossible. HealthBiz Decoded takes a look at the potential long-term consequences of this growing trend. Small…
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Hospital Price Transparency: Boon or Bust for Your Practice?

Publishing surgical prices online makes good business sense for some organizations, and for many patients too. Dr. Keith Smith and Dr. Steven Lantier first published the rates for procedures at…
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Keeping Bundled Payments From Un-bundling

As the United States moves closer to the reforms to be implemented under the Affordable Care Act, many insurers and healthcare providers are preparing for the shift from fee-for-service payments…
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Bundled Payments Tested for Reducing Costs and Payment Headaches

Physicians and insurers move toward providing medical care — and bills — in one comprehensive package.  When patients go to Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) in Minnesota for a total knee…
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Comparing Healthcare Costs Still a Guessing Game

Estimates for medical procedures can be hard to track down, though comparison shopping is getting easier. If the orthopedist tells you it’s time for a knee replacement, your next question…