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  • Health Benefits of Honey October 22, 2014
    Honey has been used as a natural sweetener long before sugar. Bees collect pollen from  plant to plant, which is passed along from bee to bee until it eventually is deposited into the honeycomb. They beat their wings to evaporate …
  • Rotten Food and the VA Hospital October 20, 2014
    by G. Keith Smith, MD Imagine for a moment that you own and operate a restaurant knowing that if you provide spoiled food and rotten service, you will subsequently make more money.  You openly employ strong-arm and intimidation tactics to …
  • Hospitals want patients to pay in advance October 17, 2014
    Hospitals are asking for payments from patients before they leave the facility so they don’t end up with unpaid bills. Knowing the costs before the procedure is important because insurance deductibles are increasing and so are procedure costs. Obamacare policies …
  • State Highlights: Mass. First To Require Health Care Price Tags; Health Disparities In Wis. October 15, 2014
    A selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Illinois, Connecticut, California, Texas, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. WBUR: Massachusetts Becomes First State To Require Price Tags For Health Care Massachusetts has launched a new era of shopping. It began last …
  • Physicians Remove Government from Medical Equation October 13, 2014
    by Gerard Gianoli, MD Doctors in Nevada and across the country are protesting against the government’s intrusion into health care, but we aren’t voicing our concerns using bullhorns and pickets. Instead, many of the state’s 5,400 physicians are protesting silently …
  • Revolutionary Idea Could Change Medicine October 10, 2014
    For those of us who get woozy when having blood drawn for routine testing, a simple pin prick may be the blood test of the future. Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO and founder of Theranos, says that her company can run …
  • Why Accountable Care Organizations Are Failing October 8, 2014
    by Richard Amerling, MD Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a key piece of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) “reform” plan, are failing because they must fail. ACOs are based on faulty assumptions, poor economics, and junk science. They would not exist …
  • Common Sense Travel Restrictions to Stop Ebola: Dr. Jane Orient October 7, 2014
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  • What Employers Can Do To Reduce The Cost Of Obamacare October 6, 2014
    The Obamacare mandate will be enforced on large employers in 2015 and small employers in 2016. Large companies who self-insure can have a plan that does not cover hospitalization, mental health care, or emergency room visits.  Small companies have to …
  • Ralph Weber Talks About Fixed Pricing – Video October 3, 2014
    You can ask the price of a procedure at a hospital, but may ask several different people before finally getting an answer. Listing set prices for procedures has lead to medical tourism. People will travel to get the price they …
  • Here’s The Thing #5 Fixed Pricing HD October 3, 2014
  • Economists Say Third-Party Payment Key to Increases in Medical Cost October 1, 2014
    The rapid increase in medical costs starting in the 1970s is commonly ascribed be market imperfections. However, federal and state governments have long suppressed the functioning of the market system in the medical industry, write Maureen Buff and Timothy Terrell, …
  • Health Insurance Exchanges Waste Taxpayer Money September 29, 2014
    Obamacare may surpass Cash for Clunkers to become the prime example of federal taxpayer resource mismanagement. For every dollar in premiums for exchange coverage, taxpayers paid 94 cents in subsidies to either enroll people or encourage them to do so. …
  • Mesothelioma: An avoidable cancer? September 26, 2014
    by Sue Redmond Did you know? Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium (80% of which occur within the lining of the lungs). The only known cause to mesothelioma is exposure …
  • Government Healthcare is Breech of Contract September 24, 2014
    by G. Keith Smith, MD One of the smartest people I have ever met is a property and contracts lawyer, someone from whom I have gleaned countless and valuable insights over the years.  He has advised me, among other things, …
  • Dr. Alieta Eck Campaign Update September 24, 2014
    Dr. Eck http://EckForCongress.com speaks to colleagues at AAPS 71st annual meeting on September 5, 2014.
  • Is There A Provider In The House? September 22, 2014
    by Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Physicians have a proud heritage. We can boast Dr. Benjamin Rush, a founding father, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, and opponent of slavery. And Dr. James Derham, born …
  • From EBM to Guidelines September 20, 2014
    Richard Amerling, MD presents at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, September 5, 2014.
  • Flaw In Federal Software Lets Employers Offer Plans Without Hospital Benefits September 19, 2014
    A flaw in the federal calculator for certifying that insurance meets the health law’s toughest standard is leading dozens of large employers to offer plans that lack basic benefits such as hospitalization coverage, according to brokers and consultants. The calculator …
  • Ralph Weber Talks About Cost Shifting – Video September 17, 2014
    How do hospitals come up with their prices? Medicare patients cause them to lose money. They have to make up the difference by charging the self-insured more. Non-profit hospitals keep beds vacant or build other facilities so as not to …

How an Association Health Plan Can Protect Us from Obamacare — Webinar July 10

Because of rising healthcare costs due to provisions of Obamacare, having an Association Health Plan (AHP) can help protect you from these effects.   Join Ralph Weber and special guest Rick Holder from RH Administrators on Tuesday, July 10 for this important discussion.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://​www3.gotomeeting.com/​register/632275350

 

There are many advantages to having an AHP. These benefits include:

1. The plan will function like REAL insurance, not simply the pre-paid third party plans commonly available.
2. Risk pooling would be done for the entire group for catastrophic claims, not routine expenses like typical plans do. While large claims are pooled, each practice may establish its own self-funded plan using tax effective funding. This means that each practice participates in the reinsurance, but will still be rated on its own claims experience.
3. Under Obamacare, the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule says that traditional insurance must pay 80 percent in medical care. That means up to 20 percent is lost to overhead. An AHP is governed by the participants, and cannot make or retain profit. Therefore, it pays out 100% of its moneys, after administrative fees, for medical care.
4. Pre-Paid Third Party Payer plans commonly available cover things you and your employees may not want or need, such as substance abuse, contraception, wigs, acupuncture, etc, which drive up costs. Under an Association Health Plan (AHP), any participating office may decide not to cover anything it deems unnecessary. Real insurance would never cover such things as wigs or substance abuse treatment.
5. Plans falling under State Departments of Insurance rules must follow state mandates for coverage, so they are very wasteful. Coverage ends up costing more than the “benefit” is worth. This would be an ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) plan, overseen federally by the Department of Labor, not by the state Department of Insurance. That allows our Association Health Plan to be much more efficient with your dollars.
6. For the first $5,000-10,000, transactions would be in cash, meaning there are no silent “Preferred Provider Organizations.” Cash transactions allow direct contracting, which cuts costs dramatically.
7. There is no community rating, so we won’t be subsidizing other industries.
8. Because of the number of people we anticipate will want to participate in the Association Health Plan, Medicare will become the second payer, and the plan will be primary payer. Most individual practices would not qualify for a “Medicare second payer plan”, because of the number of participants.
9. Participants may also select $10,000 worth of Critical Illness Insurance and/or accident insurance, both of which will be guaranteed issue (no health questions). In other words, upon diagnosis of one of 14 critical illnesses, you receive $10,000 to help you pay out-of-pocket costs.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:  https://​www3.gotomeeting.com/​register/632275350



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