Five Must-Fix Items in the Affordable Care Act – The Small Business Deductible

Editor’s Note:  We initially expressed concern about the impact of the small business deductible cap in September 2012.  Since that time, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule on the application of the small business deductible.  Under that ruling, the Affordable Care Act provision allowing small businesses to use medical expense […]

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Five Must-Fix Items in the Affordable Care Act

When then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uttered the comment “We need to pass this bill, so we know what’s in it,” few Americans clearly understood the scope and complexity of what we know as the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).  During the last two years, we’ve come to learn that lurking within its pages are many taxes and expenses […]

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Seven Reasons Your Business Is Overpaying for Health Insurance

Are you getting the most for your dollar with your company’s health insurance plan?  When we ask that question, quite often the answer starts as “Yes” and pretty quickly turns  to “I don’t really know.”  The simple fact is that most business leaders only know the toll rising health insurance costs are taking on the […]

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Are Americans Afraid of Traveling for Medical Care?

A medical tourism facilitator recently asked, “Are Americans afraid of medical tourism?”  Unfortunately, the term “medical tourism” is a vexing part of the problem, as are companies who promote luxury travel over the quality of medical care.  Soter Healthcare believes the quality of care and its outcome is much more important. According to Wikipedia, “medical tourism” was […]

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Clearing up the International Accreditation Noise

There is a lot of noise about accreditation in media and marketing surrounding international medical travel.  With few clear voices, sorting the message from the madness is challenging. Accreditation, whether regulatory or voluntary, is simply a floor above which a hospital must work.  That there are no “good, better, best” connotations implied or expressed in […]

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International Medical Accreditation Unwound

We often see the comment “We only use JCI accredited hospitals” on the websites of and marketing brochures of medical tourism facilitators. I always enjoy reading that statement, knowing that the company either doesn’t understand accreditation or doesn’t really believe the comment. Accreditation, put simply, is a means by which the medical community evaluates administration, operations, […]

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Time to Bend the Health Insurance Cost Curve

There was an interesting health insurance discussion on the social networking site LinkedIn recently.  Participants were talking about the 2011 United Benefits Advisors Health Plan Study.  The study noted that Consumer Directed Health Insurance Plans, at 22.9% of employer-provided health plans, surpassed HMOs, which now represent only 17.8% of employer health plans.  Both still lag far behind PPO plans (48.4%), according to […]

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The Five Silliest Things We’ve Seen in Medical Tourism

Our firm really dislikes the term “medical tourism”.  If you stop to read many of the things written by medical tourism companies, the majority of comments aren’t about medicine.  There is more written about the location, luxury hotels and vacation stops.  It makes no sense. Destination medical care is a serious discipline.  Even though people […]

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On November 18, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by

Five Destination Medical Care Myths

In recent years, destination medical care using international hospitals and doctors emerged as a serious alternative for men and women around the globe.  Unfortunately, destination medical care is often grouped with its less serious relative, which the media and many companies refer to as medical tourism.  As a result, there has not been a great deal of well […]

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On November 18, 2011, posted in: Accreditation, Destination Medical Care by

Is Health Insurance Reform Making Your Health Plan Sick?

Will health insurance reform help or hurt your business health insurance plan?  For the last couple years, we’ve watched and heard a lot about health insurance reform.  Since the Affordable Care Act  is supposed to make things better, let’s think of it in terms of a medication for a bit. One of our early clues that we needed to watch […]

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On November 18, 2011, posted in: Affordable Care Act, Employee benefits, Health insurance by