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Research Hospitals Excluded From Insurance Plans

Are expensive research hospitals pricing themselves out of the health care market? It's possible, if recent developments in Los Angeles are a sign of what's to come, according to a medical industry research group.HealthLeaders-InterStudy says Los Angeles' decision to go with Anthem Blue Cross for its 27,000 city workers shows that employers are eager to trim costs by avoiding high-priced academic and research institutions. The city's arrangement with Anthem, which excludes doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Health System, would stop referrals to those pricier, but often better, hospitals, according to HealthLeaders.Jenny Kerr, an analyst for HealthLeaders, believes this could signal a trend in the health care insurance market."Employers are more willing to do things they wouldn't do before," she says. "They are trying to find ways to cut costs and will tell people to go to another hospital instead of a research hospital. California is a barometer for the rest of the coun...

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