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‘Reference Pricing’ Reduces Health Care Spending in California

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), one of the country’s largest purchasers of employee health coverage, is reducing health care spending through a “reference pricing” policy that encourages beneficiaries to shop for the best provider prices. For certain health care procedures, CalPERS will reimburse its 1.6 million beneficiaries in full for amounts less than or equal to a guideline CalPERS sets, known as a reference price. Beneficiaries pay the remainder, creating an...

Lawmakers Incentivize and Facilitate Health Care Delivery to Rural Missouri

Missouri legislators and medical school professionals are pursuing ways to incentivize and facilitate delivery of health care services to underserved areas of the state. Lawmakers appropriated $2.2 million for the Offices of Primary Care and Rural Care and Women’s Health and $2.9 million for the Primary Care Resource Initiative for Missouri (PRIMO) under House Bill 2010, an appropriations bill Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed into law on May 5. PRIMO is a student loan debt forgiveness program for...

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