Briefly Noted

Some eye-popping charts ( from the International Federation of Health Plans tell a familiar story in a new way. Health care costs more in the United States than it does in other countries. The IFHP reviewed costs in nine countries and found that the average price for 20 common medical procedures, test, scans, and treatments in the United States far exceeded prices elsewhere. The range was the greatest for surgery. For instance, coronary artery bypass surgery ranges from about $5,000 in India to about $68,000 in the United States.... Pap smears need not be done every year, according to guidelines released last month by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Women ages 21–65 should get a test every three years. Women ages 30–65 have the option of getting a pap smear every five years if they are tested for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) at the same time. Providers and patients who are used to more frequent testing may have qualms about the USPSTF guidelines.

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HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

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