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Free Market Medical Association welcomes James Dunavant as Executive Director

The Free Market Medical Association is excited to announce the appointment of James Dunavant as Executive Director. Mr. Dunavant joins the FMMA team from the Mises Institute, where he still serves as the Director of Development.

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Green Imaging: Enhance Your Benefits Package with Affordable Imaging

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March 11, 2019 – When Cheryl Millican found out she needed surgery, her Dallas-based doctor told her it would cost roughly $38,000 out of pocket.

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Transparency: Understanding Price Bundles, Self-Insurance, and Hidden Fees

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DPC and Self-Insured Employers: Counting the Costs

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Free Market Myth vs. Fact (2)

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March 11, 2019 – Myth: My broker always has my best interest in mind. FACT: Your broker, agent, or consultant MAY have your best interest in mind, but not always.

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Predictability v. Volatility: It doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition for employers

By Dan Freeman
November 28, 2018 – As healthcare costs continue their uphill march, many employers who are fully insured are feeling the squeeze between offering attractive, affordable health insurance and preventing their health plan costs from eroding operating margins.

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The Economic Impact of Outcomes

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DPC and Self-Insured Employers: Counting the Costs

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Free Market Minute: Solution Fatigue

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November 28, 2018 – Transparency is the new favorite buzzword. Genuine transparency and the application of honest, free market principles in healthcare solves not only the cost problem, but also inefficiencies, delivery, access, quality, and more.

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Phearless Advocacy: Self-Funded Plans Lead the Way

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Transparency: Understanding Price Bundles, Self-Insurance, and Hidden Fees

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Free Market Minute: Solution Fatigue

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July 11, 2018 – Solution Fatigue; this is how a colleague recently described the current state of mind of employers. This description is incredibly accurate.

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DPC and Self-Insured Employers: A Marriage Made in Healthcare Heaven

By uly 4th & fireworks. Baseball & hot dogs. Birthday cake & ice cream.  Movies & popcorn. These pairings have become tangible elements within the cultural zeitgeist of our country.

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Free Market Mavericks

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Self-funding & Bundling: Saving Big on Surgical Procedures

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DPC and Self-Insured Employers: A Marriage Made in Healthcare Heaven

By As an active participant in the U.S. healthcare system for several decades, you are acutely aware of the moral hazards of our insurance-based Fee-for-service payment system, in which financial incentives for physicians are tied to volume rather than quality.

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Business Insider: There is a growing number of surgery centers and specialists that list their prices and don’t take insurance

By Lydia Ramsey
April 8, 2017 – When Cheryl Millican found out she needed surgery, her Dallas-based doctor told her it would cost roughly $38,000 out of pocket.

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A new kind of doctor’s office charges a monthly fee and doesn’t take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

By Lydia Ramsey
March 19, 2017 – Dr. Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016, he decided he no longer wanted a boss.

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‘Good Faith Estimate’ Could Prepare you for Huge Medical Bills

By KFOR-TV
July 27, 2015 – Most Americans think their biggest lifetime purchase will be there their home. But, a growing number of patients are facing medical bills twice as expensive as their home.

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Health Care Switch Saving Oklahoma County Thousands

By News9.com
July 25, 2014 – A switch in health care saves Oklahoma County hundreds of thousands of dollars and could be millions by the end of the year, but those on the other end of the switch claim there’s more than meets the eye.

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The Cost of Price Transparency

By beckershospitalreview.com
“If you can’t beat them, join them.” This nugget of 1930s political wisdom of indeterminate origin is no less true in a wide variety of situations than it was nearly 80 years ago.

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Disruption of the Health Care Syndicate Continues

by G. Keith Smith, M.D.
Dr. Keith Smith discusses how his early experiences with mentoring surgeons who utilized fair and transparent health care practices are showing that the modern day transparency movement cannot happen fast enough.

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Okla. Surgical Center Reveals Prices to Patients

by ABC News
When Ira Horner, 62, found out how much his knee surgery for a torn meniscus was expected to cost, he worried that he would spend the rest of his life in debt.

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Revealing a Health Care Secret: The Price

by The New York Times
Pulitzer-winner Tina Rosenberg of The New York Times profiles the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and delves into their unique approach with regards to price transparency.

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DIY Health Reform Reduces Surgery Costs 50-90%

By Dave Chase forbes.com
It is well documented that high deductible health plans (HDHP) are rapidly growing…

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How much will surgery cost? Good luck finding out

By nbcnews.com
Hip replacement can cost $10,000 – or $125,000, depending on the hospital, study finds

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New trend in the Sooner State: Paying cash for health care

By kfor.com
Waves of patients continue to travel from around the country to an Oklahoma surgery center for the promise of affordable health care.

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Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online; creates bidding war

By kfor.com
An Oklahoma City surgery center is offering a new kind of price transparency, posting guaranteed all-inclusive surgery prices online. The move is revolutionizing medical billing in Oklahoma and around the world.

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Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare – Surgery center provides free-market medicine

By reason.com
The video below talks about how The Kempton Company and The Surgery Center of Oklahoma have partnered to promote free market transparency in healthcare pricing.

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Rep. James Lankford and Dr. Keith Smith Discussed a Market-Based Approach to Health Care

Rep. James Lankford and Dr. Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma discuss a market-based approach to health with more transparent prices to reduce costs. (December 7, 2011)

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EDUCATION

Helping Direct Primary Care Practices to Follow Best Practices and Compliance Procedures

By Dr. Kimberly Legg Corba
This manual, developed by Kimberly Legg Corba, DO in conjunction with health care attorney Dennis Hursh, is currently used in her practice.

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Grow Your DPC Practice: 5 Top Strategies to Add New Patients

By Spruce Health
Whether you’ve already launched your direct primary care (DPC) practice or you’re still planning for it, you’ve likely been putting significant thought into how you can find and attract new patients.

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High Deductibles, Health Savings Accounts, & Direct Primary Care

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a vehicle patients may use (the employer may contribute) to save for healthcare expenses on a pre-tax basis. A Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) is the type of plan design that a patient/participant MUST be enrolled in to be able to contribute to an HSA. Many in our free market space promote use of HDHPs in conjunction with Health Savings Accounts.

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Secrets of Direct Primary Care – 5 Keys to Landing Employer Contracts

By Spruce Health
There’s nothing that can take your direct primary care (DPC) practice to the next level like landing an employer contract, but they can seem overwhelming to negotiate. This in-depth guide will help you accomplish this goal.

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Saving the Patient-Doctor Relationship: Re-focusing our healthcare system

By Daniel Milyavsky with the Benjamin Rush Institute
How electronic health records, bureaucracy, and endless regulations increasingly strain physicians’ relationships with their patients, and how we can fix it.

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Self-Funded Employer’s Guide to Finding a Free Market Friendly TPA

By Meg Freedman
Transparency from an independent TPA is not scrutinized as closely as the free market movement in the provider sphere. However, it is just as important for the TPA to embrace transparency in their own business as it is for providers.

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The Value of the Free Market to Self-Funded Employers

By Meg Freedman
The free market movement in healthcare is vital to fixing the problems with our country’s current healthcare delivery system.

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Approaching Businesses to Promote DPC as a Group Benefit

By Dr. Jeff Davenport, One Focus Medical
In this article, I want to share with you my experiences regarding Direct Primary Care physicians and practices marketing directly to business owners.

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Connecting with Self-Funded Employers FAQ

These are the most frequently asked questions of the FMMA about interacting with Employers. There are no easy answers or miracle ‘how to’s’.

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Glossary of Terms for Employee Benefit Plans

A Glossary of Terms

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Corporate Welfare that Fiscal Conservatives Smile About: Insure Oklahoma Expands Again

By Meg Freedman
In April 2004, Senate Bill 1546 authorized the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to develop Insure Oklahoma, a program to assist Oklahomans with obtaining and/or affording health insurance funded from an expansion of the tobacco tax.

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Crash-and-Switch: Three Easy Steps to Single Payer

By Meg Freedman
This week a news article is making the rounds from our friends to the north about a 68 year old patient who is recovering from major surgery in the hallway of their local hospital. Unfortunately, it is only one of many such stories we hear about on a regular basis, many of which do not end up being shared on social media. This article is shocking to those of us who consider this type of treatment barbaric, and not up to the standard of care we are used to seeing in the United States. However, what is more shocking than the article, are the comments in this linked article and in sites where the article is available.

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Application of Pricing Transparency by a TPA

By Maged Sedky, Ocean Surgery Center
During the past few years, as Ocean Surgery Center —a fully transparent, multi-specialty, California ASC— began to embrace the free market and we were looking for like-minded support, I have found myself traveling to Oklahoma. To some of you, this may seem odd; but Oklahoma is the hot seat, the root of the grassroots movement, of the free market.
Two of my trips were to attend the Free Market Medical Association’s Annual Conference; the conference has become a yearly pilgrimage for the transparency faithful.

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Legislating via “FAQ”:  The Nightmare of Determining What is Considered a Preventive Service Under the ACA

By Meg Freedman
For many, understanding how benefits will be paid since the passage of the ACA has become an increasing headache.

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Move Along, Nothing to See Here: Business as Usual at Healthcare.gov

By Meg Freedman
Oops I Did it Again… As you may have heard, more than 800,000 participants who purchased policies on the federally created Marketplace Exchanges have received incorrect tax documents from the marketplace overseers.

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Online Marketing Strategy for New Direct Primary Care Providers

By Mindy Gasspari McClure
Congratulations on making the decision to become a “Direct Care” provider. Your participation in this movement is key to the overall success of this revolution.

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Patient Experience is #1 with Free Market Providers

By Meg Freedman
…it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. –William A Foster

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Protect Patients and Doctors

By Michael C. Carnuccio
During the upcoming legislative session, policymakers will address numerous issues. Health care policy needs their attention.
In Oklahoma and across the country, despite the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health care costs are still growing and consuming more of family, employer and government budgets.

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Rapidly Increasing Costs and Gag Orders on Docs

By Meg Freedman
It’s been a while since we updated you in this newsletter about the most recent adversities in the U.S. healthcare system. Costs continue to skyrocket and the ACA fan foibles continue to pile up.

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Oklahoma Pharmacists Seek More Transparency in Generic Prescription Drug Pricing, Payments

By B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA
The cost of medications for both small town Oklahoma pharmacies and the citizens they serve continues to skyrocket as out-of-state Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) corporations make multi-billion dollar profits. Bipartisan legislation (S.B. 1150) pending this session would bring greater transparency to the prescription drug pricing and reimbursement process to benefit Oklahoma patients and locally owned community pharmacies.

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Free Market Healthcare Solutions

Free Market Healthcare Solutions is a publication which was created specifically to help self-funded employers find real solutions to have them lower costs while maitaining valuable benefits.