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2016 Healthcare Spending Growth Slowed, Totaled $3.3 Trillion

by Thomas Beaton

US healthcare spending totaled $3.3 trillion in 2016, representing a 4.3 increase in the spending growth rate since 2015. While spending continued to rise, the rate of increase was actually slower than the 5.8 percent growth rate...

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...

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...

Employer Health Plans Can Engage Members with Data, Targeting

by Thomas Beaton

The use of data analytics and employee wellness engagement platforms may help employer health plans improve spending efficiency while producing a healthier, more productive workforce.    Employees are not always ready to take...

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...

44% of Employees Don’t Know Value of Health Plan Benefits

by Thomas Beaton

Employers must increase their efforts to educate members about the value of their health plan benefits based on recent findings that only 44 percent of employees fully comprehend their benefits. That is the leading takeaway from research...

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....

How the Medicare Advantage Market Can Offer Payer Opportunities

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare Advantage (MA) market data from A.M Best and the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that the MA market has remained profitable and provides financial opportunity, but payers looking to enter into the market should expect to address...

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...

Anthem Adds Home Meal Delivery to Medicare Advantage Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Anthem is offering home meal delivery service to its post-discharge Medicare Advantage plan members in  in several states including Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin the payer announced. Anthem is partnering with GA foods to...

Payer Strategies for Boosting Consumer Engagement, Satisfaction

by Thomas Beaton

In an increasingly competitive health insurance environment, payers that can successfully increase consumer engagement and beneficiary satisfaction will be best positioned for success. David Biel, the US Leader for Health Plans consulting...

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...

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