Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA is proposing a new optional model for physician and hospital reimbursement. Alice Dembner at The Boston Globe explains, and Bob Oakes at WBUR offers a radio version of the issues involved.
By the way, I have been wondering. Why is it called "reimbursement" in the hospital and physician world? In every other sector, we call it "payment". Can you imagine going to a grocery store and saying to the check-out clerk, "I'd like to reimburse you for this head of lettuce"?