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Out-Of-Pocket Healthcare Spending on the Decline Since 2000

March 22, 2017 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported that out-of-pocket healthcare spending decreased for all age groups between 2000 and 2014. A statistical brief of the report presents data from the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) to examine out-of-pocket spending. These excluded payments on premiums, and only focused on care expenses not insured...


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Out-Of-Pocket Healthcare Spending on the Decline Since 2000

by Thomas Beaton

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported that out-of-pocket healthcare spending decreased for all age groups between 2000 and 2014. A statistical brief of the report presents data from the Household Component of the Medical...

Healthcare Leaders Air Concerns about NQF SDS Trial Period

by Thomas Beaton

A group of healthcare organizations wrote a letter to the National Quality Forum (NQF) calling for a one-year extension of the Sociodemographic (SDS) Trial Period that evaluates how social factors impact a hospital's or provider’s ability...

Emergency Coverage Top Healthcare Consumer Demand For Payers

by Thomas Beaton

A new poll from the American College Of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Morning Consult found that 95 percent of healthcare consumers say payers should cover emergency services. Out of the 1,791 healthcare consumers surveyed, about 31 percent...

Patient Satisfaction Key for Payer Measurement of ACO Quality

by Thomas Beaton

An article from the American Journal of Managed Care reveals that patient satisfaction within an accountable care organization (ACO) is a strong indicator of the care quality level the organization delivers, giving payers an opportunity to use...

Wait Times Still High for Veterans in VA Choice Program

by Thomas Beaton

Research from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that veterans waited an average 24 days to receive care at any care facility that is administered by the Veterans Choice Program. The program allows veterans to receive care from...

Researchers Expect ACA Repeal Adverse Effects on Uninsured

by Thomas Beaton

Authors of a recent viewpoint published in the Journal of the American Medical Association foresee health and financial risks the uninsured patient population following a partial or complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The...

Impact of Wage Level Variation on Employer-Sponsored Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Findings from a recent study of healthcare utilization and spending by four self-insured employers show a correlation between wage levels and the types of services received. Based on data on 42,936 employees at four self-insured employers that...

Two-Sided Financial Risk Model Reduces Socioeconomic Disparities

by Thomas Beaton

A two-sided financial risk model that encourages population health management significantly narrowed the care disparity gaps between different socioeconomic groups, according to a study from Harvard Medical School. Disadvantaged patients receiving...

How to Reduce Obesity Rates, Increase HEDIS Quality Scores

by Vera Gruessner

When attempting to improve provider performance on HEDIS quality scores, healthcare payers may need to pick and choose the quality measures that could be realistically raised. For example, childhood obesity may be one of the most common health...

Cigna Boosts Outcomes Despite Affordable Care Act Obstacles

by Vera Gruessner

With many health payers experiencing significant challenges while operating through the health insurance exchanges and adhering to various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it grows more important than ever before...

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