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Most High-Deductible Health Plan Consumers Lack Financial Management

by Thomas Beaton

Less than half of high-deductible health plan (HDHP) consumers engage in positive financial management tasks such as negotiating costs for healthcare services or saving for future healthcare expenses, says a research letter published in...

CVS Caremark Provides Real-Time Benefits Data to Pharmacies

by Thomas Beaton

CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) of CVS Health, will provide pharmacies and prescribers with real-time benefits data on patients as a way to reduce payer and patient drug costs, the organization announced in a press...

The Pros and Cons of Pharmacy Benefits Managers for Payers

by Thomas Beaton

Prescription drug spending is a billion-dollar problem for the payer industry. While pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are often a positive way for payers to manage prescription drug benefits for their members, savings for payers can be...

How Payers Can Improve the Value of Small Business Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Payers offering insurance plans for the employer market need to provide flexible benefits and cost-saving strategies that create value for small businesses. Small businesses are an excellent market opportunity for payers because health...

Ensuring High Out-of-Pocket Spending Won’t Lead to Negative Outcomes

by Thomas Beaton

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) are intended to reduce payer and beneficiary spending on healthcare services, but untenable out-of-pocket spending for beneficiaries could lead to patients letting preventable conditions develop into...

Medicare Advantage Consumers Seek New Plans as Risk Scores Rise

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Advantage (MA) consumers who switch to new health plans may have higher risk scores than beneficiaries who are content with their current options, indicates a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.   Payers who are...

Single-Employee Businesses Experience High, Burdensome Premiums

by Thomas Beaton

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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