How to Make Healthcare Pricing Transparent

It’s difficult for consumers—and employers—to consider costs when making treatment decisions. There is little doubt price transparency is a must-do for the U.S. healthcare system. One in four Americans struggled to pay medical bills in 2012, and one in 10 said they could not pay medical bills at all. Full Story

Tenet, Humana Extend Network Contract To Include Five New Markets

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Humana Inc. have signed a multi-year contract extension that provides Humana Exchange members in five new markets in-network access to Tenet facilities and physicians. Members in Atlanta, Birmingham, Houston, Memphis, and San Antonio now join those in Chicago, Detroit, and Phoenix as beneficiaries of the Tenet and Humana agreement. Full Story

Standard & Poor’s Raises Bond Ratings for Texas Health Resources

Standard & Poor’s has raised its long-term ratings from ‘AA-’ to ‘AA’ for Texas Health Resources. The dual ratings for various of the health system’s outstanding bonds were also raised from ‘AA-/A-1+’ and ‘AA-/A-1’ to ‘AA/A-1+’ and ‘AA/A-1,’ respectively. “This is what focused efforts can accomplish even in the midst of a rapidly changing health care environment,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, in a statement. The report attributes the ratings upgrade to a strong management team, continued good operating results, and a leading position in the competitive Dallas-Fort Worth market. Texas Health currently sees the highest… Full Story