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UnitedHealth Offers Data Analytics to CMS Bundled Payment Program

by Thomas Beaton

UnitedHealth Group will help support a new Medicare bundled payment program by offering data and analytics services to participating providers. The payer announced in a press release that it will contribute data and analytics, technology,...

Reinsurance, CSR Reinstatement May Stabilize Individual Premiums

by Thomas Beaton

AHIP supports a number of policy solutions that could reverse Trump Administration actions that have resulted in higher premiums and unstable markets. In a new policy brief, the payer advocacy group suggests that lawmakers focus on the...

Payer Housing Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health

by Thomas Beaton

Health Partners Plans (HPP) and two community programs in Philadelphia announced a partnership to address housing-related social determinants of health by connecting homeless individuals to healthcare services, free clinics, free meals,...

Ongoing Payer Consolidation Leads to Consumer Premium Hikes

by Thomas Beaton

The four largest payers in the US have continued to get bigger over the past few years, said Leemore S. Dafny, a professor of the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, during a House Energy and...

National Healthcare Expenditures Expected to Reach $5.5T by 2026

by Thomas Beaton

The CMS Office the Actuary forecasts that national healthcare expenditures will reach $5.5 trillion by 2026 due to a 5.5 percent yearly growth rate. CMS said that the anticipated average growth rate of healthcare spending is lower than...

80% of Payers Aim to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Thomas Beaton

Eighty percent of payers believe that addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) of their beneficiary populations will be a key way to improve their population health programs, according to a new Change Healthcare survey. The...

Employer Guide Offers Strategies for Wellness Program Success

by Thomas Beaton

An employer guide developed by The Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces (ICHW) determined that employers may need a better understanding of the factors that inhibit wellness...

71% of Workers Satisfied with Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Over 70 percent of employees are generally satisfied with their employer-sponsored health plans, but are concerned with rising health plan costs, an AHIP study found. Employer sponsored health plans have provided fair premium and...

AHIP: 25% of Opioid Prescriptions Top CDC Dosage Guidelines

by Thomas Beaton

An AHIP retrospective analysis of claims data found that 25 percent of opioid prescriptions were above CDC dosage recommendation and provides a basic snapshot of problematic areas where payers could minimize patient safety risks related to...

How All-Payer Claims Databases Can Identify Wasteful Spending

by Thomas Beaton

An all-payer claims database (APCD) can hold data on millions of patients and the services they receive, giving payers, providers, and related stakeholders the ability to identify wasteful spending and develop strategies to cut costs and...

Member Incentives for Lower Cost Health Services Saved Payer $3.2M

by Thomas Beaton

Commercial payers struggling to curb costs and encourage their members to make smarter financial choices may be able to save millions of dollars each year by investing in modest member incentives. Offering small financial rewards for...

Amazon, JP Morgan, Berkshire Hathaway Form Healthcare Company

by Thomas Beaton

Amazon, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and Berkshire Hathaway have announced a long-term partnership to form an independent company that focuses on cost-effective healthcare for employees. The company will aim to remove profit-making...

Consumer-Directed Care, High Deductibles Popular for Employees

by Thomas Beaton

Consumer-directed care, high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), and financial benefits related to healthcare spending have increased in popularity and demand by employees from 2017 to 2018, according to a new report from Benefitfocus. The...

DE Shifts Managed Medicaid Contracts to Value-Based Agreements

by Thomas Beaton

Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced it is translating the state’s managed Medicaid Contracts into value-based agreements to improve the outcomes and costs of the state’s public healthcare...

Health Insurance Costs Placing Stress on Majority of Americans

by Thomas Beaton

Sixty-nine percent of Americans with an income of $50,000 a year or more cited the cost of health insurance as a major stressor and 63 percent of Americans with incomes less than $50,000 per year cited insurance costs as a major life...

High Care Costs Driving Employer-Sponsored Insurance Spending

by Thomas Beaton

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) found that high care costs were the primary driver of increased employer-sponsored insurance spending in 2016, which grew by 4.6 percent and exceeded any rate between 2012 and 2015. A HCCI report of...

Humana Expands Long-Term Social Health Determinant Investments

by Thomas Beaton

Humana, and its philanthropic arm the Humana Foundation, announced changes to their grant making processes that provide long-term investments into community programs that address the social determinants of health (SDOH). The new...

Payers Leverage Data, Wellness Benefits to Address Opioid Abuse

by Thomas Beaton

Providing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment options and making investments in beneficiary drug safety is a critical component of wellness programs, considering that the White House deemed opioid abuse a public health emergency in...

Considerations for Designing Consumer-Directed Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Employers and health plans are rapidly adopting consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) as a way to lower benefit costs and encourage cost-effective care utilization among beneficiaries. CDHPs are becoming part of many US employers’...

Expanding Air Ambulance Service May Help Payers Control Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Expanding air ambulance benefits may help payers lower beneficiary premiums and help beneficiaries avoid several thousand dollars in out-of-pocket healthcare spending. An air ambulance costs between $12,000 to $25,000 per flight to...

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