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Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans | The Washington Post

Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans | The Washington Post

MONTPELIER, Vt. — As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We’ll pay your tuition if you offer us a percentage of your future salary. Norwich University announced Tuesday that it will become the latest school to offer this type of contract, known as an […]

Maryland health regulator expands hospital price transparency efforts | FierceHealthcare

Maryland health regulator expands hospital price transparency efforts | FierceHealthcare

The Maryland Health Care Commission is expanding its price transparency initiative with tools aimed at getting consumers pushing for information about cost and quality directly from hospitals and doctors. Launched last fall, the MHCC’s “Wear the Cost” initiative provides prices at Maryland hospitals for common nonemergent procedures including hip replacements, knee replacements, hysterectomies and vaginal births to allow residents see the differences […]

Changing The Way Medicare Pays Doctors | Forbes

Changing The Way Medicare Pays Doctors | Forbes

Cutting the reward money But small physician practices and even larger groups with few Medicare patients may opt out of the new payment system.  CMS is also said it wants to experiment with excluding physicians in Medicare Advantage managed care plans from MIPs participation. As a result, reports the online journal Modern Healthcare, the amount […]

Amazon Prime Day shopping topped $4 billion, analyst estimates | Grand Forks Herald

Amazon Prime Day shopping topped $4 billion, analyst estimates | Grand Forks Herald

Shoppers spent $4.2 billion during Amazon.com’s Prime Day sale, up 33 percent from a year ago, according to estimates from Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. The online retailer doesn’t disclose revenue from the 36-hour event that began Monday. Pachter based his estimate on information the company did release, including that it shipped more than 100 […]

Sinemia cuts prices to counter rival MoviePass surge pricing | cleveland.com

Sinemia cuts prices to counter rival MoviePass surge pricing | cleveland.com

The MoviePass rival is slashing prices in advance of the release of potential blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “The Meg.” The price for Sinemia’s cheapest monthly plan is now $3.99, a savings of $1. For that, subscribers get one ticket to a standard format […]

Grocers must be mindful of price-setting software | The Grocer

Grocers must be mindful of price-setting software | The Grocer

The use of price optimisation software, often relied on by online retailers to make sure their prices are not being undercut by competitors, is coming under more scrutiny than ever. In a report released this month, an independent panel that advises the German government on competition law and policy-making called for stricter surveillance of online […]

Amazon Prime Day’s Results Are In–and It’s a $1 Billion Win for Small Businesses | Inc.com

Amazon Prime Day’s Results Are In–and It’s a $1 Billion Win for Small Businesses | Inc.com

After a rocky start, Amazon ended its fourth Prime Day on a high note. Sales from its 36-hour shopping extravaganza surpassed those from Cyber Monday, Black Friday, and last year’s Prime Day, making it once again the biggest shopping event in Amazon’s history, the company said. Small and medium-size businesses notably crushed the day, collectively making […]

BMW launches ride-sharing service [too] | WILX

BMW launches ride-sharing service [too] | WILX

BMW is launching a new ride-sharing service in Seattle to compete with Uber and Lyft. … Drivers are full-time employees hired by third party transportation companies. Customers can hail a car immediately or schedule a ride up to a week in advance. Trips cost $2.40 per mile plus 40 cents per minute, with no surge […]

Price caps for airlines complicated but minor issue, says CIMB Research | The Star Online

Price caps for airlines complicated but minor issue, says CIMB Research | The Star Online

CIMB Research believes that the price caps are likely to be set quite high, because 1) a low-price cap will hurt Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Malindo more, as their airfares are typically higher than AirAsia ‘s, and 2) it is not in the interests of Mavcom to drive MAS and Malindo out of business, since […]

Hidden Uber Costs? Drivers ask company to be more transparent with fees | KSAZ

Hidden Uber Costs? Drivers ask company to be more transparent with fees | KSAZ

“There’s no transparency,” said one of the four drivers interviewed by FOX 10’s Matt Galka. “In the rider app you can’t even see the charge breakdown.” The four drivers wished to remain anonymous, in fear of retaliation from Uber. They want to keep driving, and thought if they spoke out, the company would end their ability […]