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Cost Plus Pricing

A perfect addition to Self-Funded and Consumer Directed Health Plans

Cost Plus pricing is a method of limiting what will be paid for covered health care expenses. Similar to a comprehensive major medical plan, members typically have a deductible with the plan paying up to each respective limit for covered expenses. In order to determine what will be paid for a covered benefit, many plans base their payment schedules on Medicare, the most widely known and widely accepted index.

In Cost Plus pricing, the plan and area hospitals typically agree on a pre-determined margin - perhaps 15% to 20% over Medicare.

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PPO Networks are Eliminated

The most significant difference between a health plan with Cost Plus pricing and a traditional PPO plan is that no provider network is involved. While some health plans may still contract with a physician network, Cost Plus pricing eliminates hospital networks in favor of pre-negotiated price schedules.

Years ago, PPO networks offered a real advantage because many providers participated in only one network. Today, the lines have blurred and many providers belong to every network in a given market, diminishing the real value of a network discount.

The Greatest Benefit - True Cost Transparency

A need for price transparency, especially among smaller groups, makes it very hard to identify the real savings in a PPO environment. As studies have long shown, the price for a given health care procedure performed in the same city can vary greatly, often with little difference in quality. As long as these conditions persist, interest in Cost Plus pricing will continue to grow as employers look for ways to better manage the costs and future risks of health care.

For more information on Cost Plus pricing, talk to a representative of Diversified Group today.