FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd Addresses Midwest Business Group On Health
NEW YORK, NY, November 16, 2011 – Robin Gelburd, President of the independent non-profit organization FAIR Health, Inc., yesterday participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Midwest Business Group on Health. Entitled “Trends in Consumerism: Building a Workforce of Smart Health Care Consumers,” the program focused on consumer tools, cost transparency, and over all best practices.
Ms. Gelburd’s presentation walked participants through the origins of FAIR Health,
called attention to the trend among some health plans to base out-of-network reimbursement on a formula using Medicare rates and the confusion that this change in reimbursement policy is creating among patients. In keeping with FAIR Health’s mission to support transparency in health insurance information, the FAIR Health Consumer Website, accessible at www.fairhealthconsumer.org, will soon offer educational resources to help consumers understand differences between reimbursement based on “usual and customary rates” (“UCR”) and those based on a Medicare formula.
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