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Report: Dallas, 30 Other Cities Team Together To Negotiate With Payers

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North Texas’ largest cities are teaming together to allay healthcare inflation and improve transparency in pricing.

Jim Landers, writing for The Dallas Morning News, has a piece about Dallas and 30 other regional municipalities banding together to demand the area’s largest health systems to offer bids using Medicare pricing as a baseline. Dallas’ human resources director told Landers that the city’s healthcare costs are bloating by 10 percent each year, which amounts to about $13 million (based off its annual spending of about $129 million, according to the report.)

Baylor Scott & White reportedly declined to bid, but did entertain a conversation. The system argued that Medicare prices alone would not necessarily lower costs and improve health. Other health systems have apparently yet to reply. But nevertheless, the group does have significant negotiating power. In all, the cities include 80,000 covered lives, 40,000 of whom are employees.

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