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Single-Employee Businesses Experience High, Burdensome Premiums

November 16, 2017 - Single-employee businesses paid an average of $500 per month on premiums, experienced high premium payment growth, and experienced polarizing financial burden based on their premium payment amounts, a new report from JPMorgan & Chase reveals. Single-employee health insurance premium payments (HIPP) grew at an average of 8.3 percent in 2016, while multiple employee-sponsored (20 or more...


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Payer Housing Programs Address Social Determinants of Health

by Thomas Beaton

Addressing housing insecurity, a commonly challenging social determinant of health (SDOH), may help health plans transition at-risk beneficiaries to stable housing situations while lowering spending on healthcare services. A new report from the...

Value-Based Care Outperforms Fee-for-Service Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Health plans that include value-based care (VBC) principles are more cost-effective than fee-for-service (FFS) options and are starting to produce better patient outcomes, Humana asserts in a new report. The total healthcare costs associated...

Top 4 Consumer Wellness Benefits for Payers to Add to Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

As payers explore innovative ways to improve beneficiary engagement and satisfaction, they may wish to consider adding enhanced consumer wellness benefits to their health plan offerings. Health plans that take a proactive approach to engaging...

Why the Generic Drug Market is a Growing Payer Opportunity

by Thomas Beaton

As payers try to ease the rising costs of prescription drugs, which account for 10 percent of national healthcare spending, they may wish to turn to the generic drug market to help curb unnecessary spending and improve profitability.   Generics...

Improving Price Transparency around Generic Drugs for Payers

by Thomas Beaton

Increasing pricing transparency around generic drugs could offer significant advantages to payers, including lower prices and more favorable reimbursement negotiations, according to a report from USC Brookings. Better understanding of contracting...

3 Value-Based Pharmaceutical Contracting Options for Payers

by Thomas Beaton

Value-based pharmaceutical contracting offers health payers the option to lower drug prices while improving patient outcomes. These contracts come in several different forms, according to Dr. Surya Singh, Chief Medical Officer of CVS Specialty,...

Only 30% of Employers Get Pharmacy Benefit Manager Contracts

by Thomas Beaton

Only 30 percent of employers have a complete understanding of their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) contracts, according to a new survey from the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC). Just 40 percent of the 88 employers participating in the survey...

AMA: Payers Operate in Extremely High Concentrated Markets

by Thomas Beaton

Payers have significant control of their respective healthcare markets as 69 percent of payers offering HMO, PPO, POS, and public health exchanges operate in very high concentrated markets, AMA found in a study of national insurance markets....

Medicare Consumers Prefer Phone Calls from Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare consumers tend to prefer traditional phone calls or mailings over digital engagement strategies such as text messaging or using a member portal, according to a new Healthmine survey. Forty-eight percent of Medicare consumers aged 65...

What are the Pros and Cons of Consumer Directed Health Plans?

by Thomas Beaton

In recent years, payers have been extending their consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) offerings as a way to encourage health plan enrollment and save on healthcare costs. Many healthcare stakeholders see CDHPs as products that create mutual...

Michigan MSSP Accountable Care Org Saves $8M for Medicare

by Thomas Beaton

The Physician Organization of Michigan Accountable Care Organization (POM ACO), a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO, helped the state save $8 million dollars on Medicare expenses by reducing unnecessary ED utilization, preventing unneeded...

Quality Measures Challenging in Pharmaceutical Value-Based Contracts

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare payers may find it difficult to establish value-based contracts (VBCs) with pharmaceutical companies due to the challenges of creating meaningful, workable quality measures.   Pharmaceutical companies are generally reluctant to...

How to Create Balanced Risk Pools that Lower Premiums

by Thomas Beaton

Payers have been increasingly challenged to manage the high cost of healthcare while lowering the premiums their beneficiaries pay.  Creating balanced risk pools that benefit medically complex individuals while also serving healthier consumers...

Employer Insurance Enrollment, Member Engagement Stagnated in 2016

by Thomas Beaton

Growth in employer-sponsored insurance enrollment and certain measures of member engagement did not significantly increase in 2015 and 2016, according to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) released by AHRQ. There was no significant change...

High-Deductible Health Plans Reduce Care Costs, Needed Services

by Thomas Beaton

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) may reduce spending, but are also prone to preventing health care consumers from accessing necessary services and recommended preventive care, according to a study published in Health Affairs. High-deductible...

Blue Shield of CA to Offer Statewide Healthcare Provider Directory

by Thomas Beaton

Blue Shield of California plans to develop a statewide healthcare provider directory, with the help of Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), that gives members access to current information on providers, the payer announced in a press release....

Medical Device Data, UDIs on Claims Impact Costs, Patient Safety

by Thomas Beaton

Adding medical device data and unique device identifiers (UDIs) to insurance claims could have a significant positive impact on healthcare spending and patient safety, according to reports from Pew Charitable Trusts, Brigham and Women’s...

Beneficiary Segmentation, Spending by Healthcare Payer Type

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare spending in the US continues to grow steadily across all beneficiary segments and healthcare payers. 2015 data from CMS, the CDC, and the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) indicates that payers and individuals sponsoring their own healthcare...

Pediatric Data Reveals Private Payer, Medicaid Spending Gaps

by Thomas Beaton

Private payers spend close to twice as much on pediatric services as Medicaid, according to a statistical brief from AHRQ, highlighting significant disparities in cost related to visit type and geographical region. Data from the 2015 Household...

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