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Insured Critical Illness Beneficiaries Face High Treatment Costs

October 22, 2018 - Health plan members with critical illnesses face high treatment costs and other financial issues even with comprehensive health insurance, said a new survey conducted by the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health, New York Times, and Commonwealth Fund. Nine out of ten commercially insured beneficiaries with illnesses like cancer or immune deficiency diseases have health insurance, the...


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Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program May Have Cost Concerns

by Thomas Beaton

The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may not fully cover provider costs needed to administer classes and other programs to prevent diabetes among Medicare members, says a new report from the University of Colorado (UC) School of...

Medicare Deductibles, Premiums to Increase Slightly in 2019

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has announced that Medicare Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles are expected to increase slightly for the 2019 plan year. Part B members will see small increases in both their premiums and their deductibles, while Part A...

CMS Releases 2019 Medicare Advantage Health Plan Star Ratings

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has released its 2019 star ratings for Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans, noting that the Medicare Advantage market continues to grow in affordability and access for consumers. CMS estimates that 74 percent of MA beneficiaries will...

CVS-Aetna Merger Gets DOJ Nod as Aetna Sheds Medicare Part D

by Thomas Beaton

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will approve the proposed merger between CVS and Aetna as soon as Aetna completes the divestiture of its Medicare Part D business line.   Two weeks ago, Aetna initiated the sale...

Payers Partner with Trade Orgs to Roll Out Association Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

Healthcare payers are beginning to launch partnerships with trade organizations and chambers of commerce to provide association health plans (AHPs) to small businesses and contractors. The roll out of AHPs follows federal and state...

Managed Care Payers Struggle to Staff Long Term Support Services

by Thomas Beaton

Managed care payers and state Medicaid agencies are finding it difficult to find personnel to administer long-term support services (LTSS) within home and community-based settings (HCBS), says a new GAO report. Currently, Medicaid spends...

Payers Can Leverage Telehealth for Chronic Disease Management

by Thomas Beaton

Telehealth offers a cost-effective way to improve member satisfaction with benefits and support meaningful chronic disease management, according to a new report from AHIP and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC)....

Cigna’s Digital Diabetes Prevention Program Cuts Costs, Ups Outcomes

by Thomas Beaton

With more than one out of every three Americans living with prediabetes, payers are actively seeking out innovative strategies for preventing progression of the costly and life-changing disease.   Most payers offer clinical benefits...

How Managed Care Payers Can Improve Substance Use Treatment

by Thomas Beaton

Managed care payers can use data analytics, case management strategies, and patient engagement tools to address the needs of high-risk individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs), states a new report from the Association for Community...

Consumer Engagement Tools Prep Members for Open Enrollment

by Thomas Beaton

Mobile apps, enrollment platforms, and search engines help the majority of consumers prepare for open enrollment and make informed healthcare choices, says a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. Thirty-six percent of consumers said they used...

Employers are Experimenting with Innovative Health Plan Designs

by Thomas Beaton

Just under half of employers participating in a survey from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) are actively experimenting with innovative health plan designs that aim to foster new approaches to care delivery. NBGH found that...

NCQA, Health Plans to Measure Patient-Reported Outcomes

by Thomas Beaton

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has selected four health plans to test a new performance standard for collecting patient-reported outcomes measures, or PROMs. NCQA’s Person-Driven Outcome Measurement...

Top Health Plans Excel in Preventive Care, Chronic Disease Management

by Thomas Beaton

Health plans that offered high-quality preventive care and comprehensive chronic disease management received top marks in the latest health plan rankings from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA ranks health plans in...

Narrow Network Alignment Could Drive Value-Based Payment Reform

by Thomas Beaton

Investment in high-performance narrow networks, creating new payment incentives, and leveraging digital innovation could help to increase adoption of value-based payment reform across the healthcare industry, say experts in a New England...

Risk Scoring, New Payment Models Can Reduce Medication Non-Adherence

by Thomas Beaton

Adopting new payment models, engaging in targeted risk scoring, and improving prior authorization processes may help payers address medication-non adherence among members with mental health concerns, says a report from the National Council...

Payers Play Crucial Role in Healthcare Quality Transparency

by Thomas Beaton

Payers will need to take the lead in being transparent about healthcare quality and costs in order to improve patient safety and reduce unnecessary spending, experts told the Senate HELP Committee. Payers can take a more proactive role in...

Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligible Care Models Aim to Coordinate Care

by Thomas Beaton

Medicare and Medicaid dual-eligible care models provide extensive care coordination to ensure beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions can access healthcare services, according to a new AHIP report.   Twelve million Americans...

Reference Pricing Models for Prescription Drugs May Contain Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Reference pricing models for prescription drugs may help to contain spending and reduce high costs for beneficiaries, says a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. Currently, most payers use tiered drug formularies to manage drug costs,...

Patient-Centered Medical Home Model Saved BCBS of MI $626M

by Thomas Beaton

BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan has reduced expected spending by $626 million over a nine-year period through a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model that emphasizes personalized care. The payer found that the PCMH increased rates...

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