The road to solving our healthcare challenges may seem long and bumpy at times, but an industry-defining collaboration benefiting the employees of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) could be the start of a more common practice for employer healthcare options in Texas. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) is joining … Continue reading What the DART collaboration means for healthcare in Texas
In spite of the recent advertising blitz for the online health insurance exchanges, where individuals can purchase insurance, most Americans who are privately insured have acquired coverage through their employer. For most employers in metropolitan areas like DFW, insurance companies simply act as third-party administrators, while the employer bears the actual risk of the cost … Continue reading BSWQA: A tested way to control health care costs, ensure quality
More than four in 10 uninsured people don’t understand basic health insurance terms, according to a newly released Kaiser Family Foundation survey. In the survey of 1,292 U.S. adults, more than 40 percent of uninsured people could not correctly define such terms as “premium,” “deductible” and “provider network.” When given a plan’s cost-sharing requirements, 61 percent of uninsured people … Continue reading Health insurance confusing you? Watch this cartoon video
HealthCare.gov and the state health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be open for business again from Nov. 15 until February 15. Some policy experts say it will be difficult to duplicate last year’s roughly 10 million signups. Attrition brought that number closer to 8 million, based on how many actually paid … Continue reading As HealthCare.gov opens, a DFW outlook
Insurance coverage questions often arise when someone considers taking part in a research study. They wonder what the costs will be and whether their insurance will cover it. Study consent forms can provide potential participants with valuable information, including the costs to the patient and/or the patient’s insurance company. Normally, there is a section in … Continue reading Where Do Medical Research and Health Insurance Meet?