Such companies as HealthPro, OkCopay and even large insurers like Anthem are helping doctors and hospitals create new ways to package and price health care services, relieving some of the price-raising effects of traditional health insurance.
To satisfy patients with high-deductible health plans, Northwest Radiology has introduced flat-rate pricing for its imaging scans. It’s a centuries-old concept among postal services, but for health care, it’s revolutionary.
Through partnerships with county-owned hospitals, Indiana's nursing homes pulled in about $260 million last year in extra federal funds. That means participating nursing homes enjoyed a 10 percent bonus check.
After cutting staff sharply in 2013, Franciscan enjoyed more revenue and big profits in 2014. The key question for its and other hospitals' future is whether they can keep up these gains in productivity to handle looming payment cuts from Obamacare.
Roughly 150,000 Hoosiers are counting on more than $450 million in federal tax credits to make their Obamacare health insurance affordable. But if the Supreme Court rules those tax credits unlawful, Obamacare premiums here would spike 271 percent.
A sleepy season for Obamacare sign-ups will end on Sunday will overall enrollment almost exactly where insurers predicted it would be. But low-priced plans, such as Ohio-based CareSource, have scooped up far more customers than expected.