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Feeling squeezed by pricing pressure? Here’s what to do | Advisor.ca

Feeling squeezed by pricing pressure? Here’s what to do | Advisor.ca

If you’re feeling pricing pressure, you’re not alone. At CFA Toronto’s Annual Wealth Conference this week, about two-thirds of audience members said they feel price pressure. (The question was asked and answered via smartphone, with responses tabulated.) In the current environment of low-cost online competition, that pressure comes as no surprise and will likely increase. […]

Value Pricing Policy Committee nears the end of a disappointing process | ClarkCountyToday.com

Value Pricing Policy Committee nears the end of a disappointing process | ClarkCountyToday.com

“Committee members were given 147 pages of analysis about the various Value Pricing concepts, and why WSP Consulting, which is working with ODOT to evaluate the plan, recommended dropping two of the five concepts that had made it to this point.’’ Brown accurately told readers what the primary news of the meeting was. So, I […]

Bitcoin Price Too Volatile for Merchants, Claims PayPal CFO | CCN

Bitcoin Price Too Volatile for Merchants, Claims PayPal CFO | CCN

The bitcoin price is too volatile to make it a useful payment tool for merchants, PayPal CFO John Rainey claimed in a recent interview. Bitcoin Price Too Volatile for Merchants Rainey made this claim during a recent episode of “Mad Money,” explaining that merchant margins are too thin to make bitcoin a viable payment medium. […]

Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollouts, as Competitive Energy Undermines the Business Case | Greentech Media

Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollouts, as Competitive Energy Undermines the Business Case | Greentech Media

The problem is that each utility customer that switches to a non-utility energy provider is no longer part of each utility’s list of prospective time-varying rate (TVR) adopters, even though the utility paid for the smart meter that made them available. And while third-party retailers and municipal aggregators could offer TVRs of their own, “there […]

Amgen’s Just-Approved Migraine Drug Will Cost $6,900 a Year | Bloomberg

Amgen’s Just-Approved Migraine Drug Will Cost $6,900 a Year | Bloomberg

Renewed political pressure over drug costs has added to the challenge of finding the right price for innovative medications. While drugmakers want to maximize returns on the substantial investment required to develop new therapies, some payers have begun to push back. A pricing misstep helped slow sales of Amgen’s cholesterol fighter Repatha, which failed to […]

11 ASCs embracing price transparency | Becker’s ASC Review

11 ASCs embracing price transparency | Becker’s ASC Review

Here are 11 surgery centers with prices posted online for their procedures. Boulder (Colo.) Surgery Center. Boulder Surgery Center provides estimates for the 25 most commonly performed procedures on its website. The prices don’t apply to patients covered by health insurance. Healthcare providers are required by Colorado’s Transparency in Healthcare Pricing Act of 2017 to […]

From cab to Uber to cab, drivers try to find a way to make a living | Philly

From cab to Uber to cab, drivers try to find a way to make a living | Philly

The legislation legalizing ride-share businesses in Philadelphia allowed cabs also to increase their rates during busy times — which Uber calls surge pricing —  but so far, none has done it, Kirlin said. People in the industry see a consistent rate as an asset that could attract customers, she said. Leventhal noted cab drivers’ training, pointing […]

Thomas Cook’s Personalization Ploy Is Paying Off | Skift

Thomas Cook’s Personalization Ploy Is Paying Off | Skift

Putting a price on something that customers previously got for free has become a key part of the airline business model and it seems other parts of the travel industry are catching on. European tour operator Thomas Cook says in its UK market it now makes an additional $13.50 (£10) per person in sales of […]

Senators Focus on Hospital Drug Discount Program | Medpage Today

Senators Focus on Hospital Drug Discount Program | Medpage Today

WASHINGTON — The 340B discount program for prescription drugs used by safety-net hospitals needs better government oversight, several watchdog agency officials said at a Senate hearing. Although the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which oversees the program, has taken some important steps to improve oversight, “a number of important issues remain,” said Debra Draper, […]

Brace For Surge In Pump Prices | OakdaleLeader

Brace For Surge In Pump Prices | OakdaleLeader

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.53/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.86/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. […]