Last year's AHIP Institute was all about "bending the curve," but the health insurance industry seems to have collectively thrown in the towel on that task, in the short term. The issue of the day is transparency, more pointedly the lack thereof, and how that's skewing the market.
Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty, the former two-term Republican governor of Minnesota, kicked things off by skewering health care reform--not necessarily its objectives, but its execution--and touting programs launched in Minnesota to get pricing and quality data--costs for the most 100 common procedures, physician score cards and prescription pricing--into the hands of consumers so they could do apples to apples comparisons when buying health care.
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