DES MOINES, Iowa-Iowa's independent insurance agents are working on a statewide cooperative pool that would allow large groups of customers to negotiate premiums discounts of 15% to 30%. The effort, proposed by Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa, would be the first statewide purchasing cooperative in Iowa. "This pool would be operated in the private sector with private-sector dollars," said Bob Skow, director of governmental affairs for the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa. Mr. Skow wouldn't disclose how much money would be in the pool, but he said independent insurers represent 1 million Iowans, or about one-third of the state's population. Mr. Skow said accountable health plans would be key members of the statewide pool. Iowa law allows for insurance pools, but the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa
needs the approval of Iowa Insurance Commissioner David Lyons before the program can begin. The independent agents were scheduled to meet with Mr. Lyons this month.
HINSDALE, Ill.-Ken Bauer is back as president of 436-bed Hinsdale Hospital after its board of trustees reinstated him. Key physicians and board members sought a reversal of a board decision early last month to dismiss him (Dec. 20/27, 1993, p. 16). But there's still a clash between the hospital's board and the board of its parent organization, Hinsdale Health System, which opposed reinstating Mr. Bauer, 42, who has been the hospital's president since 1986. "There remain unresolved structural issues and issues of direction wherein the Hinsdale Health System board and the hospital board are in disagreement," a statement from the hospital said. "An attempt will be made to resolve these issues by mid-January." The owner of the hospital and the health system, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has stepped in to resolve differences over the legal structure of the two organizations. Executives didn't reveal the reasons for the firing, but Mr. Bauer said his dismissal was related to Hinsdale Hospital's affiliations with other hospitals.