Human Services Commissioner: A checkup for managed care

  • Article by: LUCINDA JESSON
  • Updated: February 20, 2011 - 5:33 PM
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hswcbFeb. 21, 11 5:45 AM

If you are going to really make hospitals and clinics become ACOs (something that is a repeat of the HMO experiment that failed) you should definitely take the insurance/managed care companies out of the mix. If you don't you will just be adding an administrative layer and its cost to a system already way too loaded with high cost administrative procedures and CEO salaries. Also, don't repeat the mistake made with the privatization of public medical programs -- not having any way to know if it is actually saving any money. Right now the insurance companies are making much more profit from the tax payer funded programs than from private insurance. Insurance CEOs making 6 and 7 figure incomes funnel money to politicians who in turn pass legislation funneling money back to the insurance companies. Tax payers pay the price for these kickbacks. That needs to stop.

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b127oaktreeFeb. 21, 11 7:28 AM

Those evil CEO's.........Actually you could not pay me enough to do that job in a hospital. It's bad enough at the manager level. And then all the time wasted dealing with a union that brings nothing to to the table.

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mspgunshopFeb. 21, 11 9:38 AM

WOW! "gain-sharing" isn't it illegal in Minnesota?

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JoeMacFeb. 21, 11 9:53 AM

www.neopathhealth.com

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marpalleclFeb. 21, 1111:25 AM

The problem with ACO's is that they are locallized, unlike a coutry wide HMO that can allow many studies or treatment trials to take place across the country and then determine best practices and distrubute them to 300 million people, not just a few hundred or thousand in the ACO. The issue with ompetitive biddingn is that our legislature cut it off at the knees with only non-profits allowed to play in the sand box, once again limitting the available resources and treatments that can be evaluated for effectiveness. IF you really want to make a difference, open up bidding to all comers, not just in state not for profits, then you will start to see innovation and cost savings.

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TommisFeb. 21, 11 1:27 PM

The Medicare Advantage program has been demonstrating for years that contracting with for-profit HMOs results in higher costs and less positive patient outcomes.

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zeph9277Feb. 21, 1111:27 PM

Ms Jesson's office should be calculating the number of hip surgeries etc needed for the people of MN and contracting for the needed services instead of passing the buck to ACO's (which do not exist)

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