Fairview, Medica make a deal to cut costs

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 23, 2009 - 10:00 PM

The new contract could change how health care is meted out and save millions.

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minime333Jul. 23, 0910:10 PM

Most health plans put this in their contracts with insurers. Why is this one such big news?

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minime333Jul. 23, 0910:14 PM

Most health plans have these types of contracts in place with providers already. It's not a new concept...do a good job and there's a little bonus for you when you're done. Happens across corporate America every day.

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memorylaneJul. 23, 0910:19 PM

wonderful

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jen1989Jul. 23, 0910:25 PM

Perhaps they've discovered that consumers are saving time & money by getting strep tests, etc. at their local Minute Clinics, for example, instead of forking out more money for unnecessary office visits. Way to catch up.

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RipAndersonJul. 23, 0910:31 PM

Because congress is breathing down their necks.

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rb7316Jul. 23, 0910:46 PM

In January I had a sinus infection. My insurance is a high deductible plan with an HSA, meaning that until I reach my deductible, the only thing they'll cover is preventive care. Why should I pay a small fortune at my primary care clinic (where I couldn't get an appointment for a few days) or at urgent care when I could just go to my nearest Target to get treated at the in-store clinic for $50? Good to see that Fairview is finally catching on.

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adamssamJul. 23, 0910:52 PM

“…idea began over a dinner conversation…share in any costs savings…Neither Medica nor Fairview would disclose the financial details,…Fairview's share of the savings could amount to tens of millions over the three-year contract.” Strategic partnerships between managed care and vertically integrated health system tantamount to monopoly.

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iceicebaby46Jul. 23, 0911:50 PM

will no longer be on my list of healthcare representatives. I dropped Fairview last year because they don't "deliver" healthcare. No for this, no for that, etc etc Had I not have changed, I more than likely would have been paralyzed. This fall when I get a chance to change policies, it will be the same for Medica.

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minime333Jul. 24, 09 1:13 AM

Congress IS breathing down their necks. However, this is not a new concept. Pay for performance has been around for a very long time in health care, as well as in other businesses. I just don't know why this particular "contract" is making news. Ask any health plan, or any business for that matter...there are incentives for doing a good job in a timely manner written into most contracts. It's just plain good business. This smells like marketing to me...and not a "good idea that started over dinner." Please...this concept started way back when contracting began.

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pez23Jul. 24, 09 5:22 AM

Get rid of the middle man- Pay the insurance payment to the clinic of your choice instead for medical care. Why can’t medical clinics give health care for a monthly payment? I would gladly give my $1069.00 a month insurance payment to a clinic for total care. Oh no, that makes too much sense. If people did that, the big wigs at insurance companies could not steal wages from poor innocent working people, and then denying coverage when doctors prescribe important care.

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