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Affordable Care Act

40% Health Plans Sold via Health Insurance Marketplace Overlap

by Vera Gruessner

Various health plans sold through the health insurance marketplace may actually overlapped with Medicaid coverage. The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) released a study that shows about 40 percent of issuers providing...

64% of Polled Doctors Plagued by Rising Medical Spending

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance industry needs to continue addressing rising healthcare costs and the increases in spending among hospitals and the pharmaceutical field. Many stakeholders within the healthcare space find that high rates of medical...

How the Affordable Care Act Strengthened Mental Health Parity

by Vera Gruessner

The Obama administration's Affordable Care Act has brought various benefits to the American people including greater health coverage through the health insurance exchange and Medicaid expansion. Young adults under 26 years of age can...

Consumer Education Key for Health Insurance Marketplace Success

by Vera Gruessner

It seems that those residing in Texas who have purchased their healthcare coverage through the health insurance marketplace do not have as much understanding of certain terms as those who have medical insurance through their employer or...

CMS Ruling Changes Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs

by Vera Gruessner

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a press release new changes taking place for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program starting in 2017. Essentially, these deviations are...

How the Affordable Care Act has Impacted Health Payers

by Vera Gruessner

The Affordable Care Act has  brought a significant reform toward the health insurance industry. This particular legislation has given the majority of American people healthcare coverage, which has put greater strain on health...

Is the Affordable Care Act Sufficient for Mental Healthcare?

by Vera Gruessner

There are specific provisions that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has brought to the American people. This includes eliminating healthcare coverage restrictions such as the clause surrounding pre-existing conditions....

How Medicaid Expansion Improves Behavioral Healthcare Access

by Vera Gruessner

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law, it established that Medicaid expansion across all 50 states would take place. However, a Supreme Court ruling created a clause that allowed Medicaid expansion to be...

Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Exchange Decreases

by Vera Gruessner

Health payers around the country may not be faring as well as hoped within the federal health insurance exchange. The Affordable Care Act may have had a negative impact on health insurance companies, as some are experiencing financial loss...

HHS Issues Medicare Coverage Expansion for Diabetes Prevention

by Vera Gruessner

One of the most common chronic medical conditions found today is that of diabetes. Healthcare providers and payers need to work together to find ways that could help reduce the rates of diabetes nationwide. Recently, the Department of...

California Health Insurance Exchange Targets Costly Hospitals

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance exchange from the state of California has some news to report. The exchange is considering the elimination of hospitals from its network that have shown subpar performance or had reported rising medical costs,...

Affordable Care Act Kindles Employer Narrow Network Plans

by Vera Gruessner

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has brought major reforms and deviations for the health insurance industry as well as hospitals and clinics. Along with the healthcare field, consumers and the patient community has been...

Plan Member Satisfaction Reduced in Less Competitive Markets

by Vera Gruessner

Due to the value-based care initiatives taking place at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), patient engagement and patient satisfaction have become imperative for the health payer industry. A report from J.D. Power called...

Is the Affordable Care Act Leading Payers to Lose Profit?

by Vera Gruessner

The world of healthcare has often been a struggle between medical providers and the payers with one side looking to offset costs and make a profit while the other side concerns itself with the revenue of their patient care. With the...

Aetna, Mount Sinai Invest in Accountable Care Organizations

by Vera Gruessner

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service Innovation established the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the development of accountable care organizations began to blossom quickly. Along with...

25% of Texans Lack Knowledge about Health Insurance Plans

by Vera Gruessner

New research shows that consumer education in terms of health insurance plans and healthcare access is becoming a necessity since many are unaware of some typical health insurance terms. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public...

4 Health Payer Industry News Items Revealed at HIMSS16

by Vera Gruessner

With the 2016 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition closing its doors, it grows important to address how the health payer industry remains vital to both the ongoing technology advancements in medicine and patient care in general. Below we...

Medicaid Coverage Expansion Boosts Healthcare Access in Flint

by Vera Gruessner

In April 2014, contamination in drinking water began in Flint, Michigan when the region transitioned its water source to the Flint River from its previous source of Lake Huron and the Detroit River. The problem at hand is that corrosion...

Open Enrollment Dates Announced for Health Insurance Exchange

by Vera Gruessner

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its yearly Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters related to the coverage options on the federal health insurance exchange in 2017. The rulings outline...

Should Payers Question ACA’s Health Insurance Exchanges?

by Vera Gruessner

The health insurance exchanges have faced some significant challenges and even some questioning among the payer community, especially after the insurer UnitedHealthcare announced at the end of 2015 that it is considering whether to leave...

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