Kaiser Permanente Responds to CDHP Trend by Offering First-Ever Non-HMO Products

Kaiser Permanente has taken the radical step of introducing a new suite of consumer-driven products called Custom Care. This is the first time, since its founding more than 60 years ago, that Kaiser Permenante is offering a health insurance plan that is not based on its staff-model HMO. For lab directors and pathologists, this is an important sign of the steadily-increasing importance of consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) in the American healthcare marketplace. Kaiser Permanente first...

Consumers Not Funding Their HSA Accounts – A Financing Opportunity

In the age where we can finance everything from houses to cars to couches, it’s only logical that high-dollar items like health care services are not far behind. Interesting data has been published which indicates that growing numbers of consumers enrolled in high-deductible consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) that include Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) may soon use financing to pay hospitals, physicians, and laboratories for their healthcare. The San Francisco Business Times recently...
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