Monthly Archives: March, 2019

  1. Did you know? Amazon now takes HSA, FSA payments

    By Marlene Satter The move allows people with FSAs and HSAs to pay Amazon for out-of-pocket medical expenses with pretax dollars. Wading in even deeper to the health care arena, Amazon has announced that customers can now pay for appropriate purchases, such as cold medications and glucometers, with their health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts. CNBC reports that…

  2. Health providers balk at new proposal to disclose prices

    By Jack Craver The proposal would require they disclose the prices they use when negotiating with insurers, not the current “list prices.” The Trump administration is considering requiring hospitals to publicly disclose the prices they negotiate with insurers for procedures, a proposal that is drawing fierce opposition from hospitals. The idea is to provide patients with more price…

  3. Health care Artificial Intelligence & machine learning: 4.5 things to know

    By Tonia Degner This year, 56.3 million personal digital assistants, including Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s new HomePod, will ship to homes. What can those devices do for health care? Has Alexa changed your life yet? Vacuum the floor, start the dishwasher, feed the cat, clean the litter box, order more paper towels and lower the…

  4. New court docs: Amazon & Co. want to ‘reinvent what insurance looks like’

    By Marlene Satter Stoddard suggested that employers could try different approaches to getting across to employees just what their health plans cover, since workers are often confused. The joint health care venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan is slowly giving up additional details as testimony proceeds in a court case filed by UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum. The Wall…