Today's Health Benefits Issues: 2024 Monthly MBGH Employer Member Roundtable Series

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Today's Health Benefits Issues: 2024 Monthly MBGH Employer Member Roundtable Series



Dial-in Instructions:
Meeting link is in the registration confirmation email.
When:  Apr 11, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM (CT)

Event Description

Employer Member “Not to be Missed” Roundtables Are Back in 2024!

MBGH is hosting monthly virtual roundtables for MBGH employer members the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12-1:15 PM (CT). Each month we’ll have a lively, interactive discussion led by health care benefits experts. We will address topics that are vital to your organization. Come for the information and stay for the conversation. Get your questions answered! 

Beyond Hospital Transparency: Getting the Facts Straight
April 11, 2024 • 12 PM - 1:15 PM (CT)

New data transparency reinforces what we have long known: hospital prices are out of control, and we can’t rely on health systems and health plans to course correct. In fact, data indicate that for most hospitals a “fair price” for patients who are privately insured by employers is 140%–200% of what Medicare pays for the exact same procedures and services at the exact same facilities — with some hospitals charging more than 500% of Medicare prices. A fair price should allow for a reasonable markup from verifiable costs, yet hospital associations continue to support industry opacity rather than collaborating with employers and other plan sponsors to move from revenue focused to value alignment.


Attend this roundtable where you will gain a better understanding of how myths around hospital prices perpetuate this problem and what to do about them.

One example:
MYTH #1: Hospital prices are based on the cost of providing care to patients and the ability to invest in improvements in quality and infrastructure.
FACT #1: There is no correlation between hospital prices and the actual cost of providing that care. It is not clear that what is being charged or investing in “improvements” has anything to do with providing care for patients, since there has been no demonstrated improvement in quality or care. Instead, it appears that vertical integration is being used to raise prices to what the market will bear without any cost accounting—and for-profit maximization. Hospitals are not transparent about investments, surplus, staffing, overhead costs, acquiring practices, or how they are spending the money or setting prices.


This is a must attend session for all employers – what you learn may shock you!

Upcoming Employer Member Roundtables:

  • June 13th - Beyond Hospital Transparency: What You Need to Know about State and Federal Legislation Learn More
  • July 11th - TBD

This is an Employer-only MBGH Member event. If you are not a member and are interested in this series, please contact Mark Pfleger.

Speakers



  • Bartlett Marilyn Bartlett Sr. Policy Fellow Center for Health Systems Costs, National Academy for State Health Policy, MBGH Board Member

Registration Fees

  • Employer Members $0

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