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Top 10 Highest Performing Commercial Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

The top performing commercial health plans in the US for 2017-18 exceeded expectations for customer satisfaction, preventive care, and outcomes of their beneficiaries, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA...

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...

How Payers Can Build a Successful Bundled Payment Strategy

by Thomas Beaton

Bundled payment models are a popular reimbursement option for payers because they present an opportunity to improve healthcare quality, lower costs, and participate in value-based agreements with limited financial risk.   However, if...

Wellness, Preventive Care to Drive Employer Health Plans in 2018

by Thomas Beaton

Employer-sponsored health plans are expected to widely embrace value-based purchasing agreements and patient engagement technologies that improve employee wellness programs and preventive care, according to the National Business Group on...

All-Payer Claims Databases Offer Insights into Healthcare Spending

by Thomas Beaton

All-payer claims databases (APCDs) allow payers, providers, and regulators to analyze claims from millions of beneficiaries to learn where spending is directed and whether or not spending on certain healthcare services is...

How Payers Can Streamline Prior Authorization for Prescriptions

by Thomas Beaton

Prior authorization may allow payers to limit unnecessary spending on high-cost prescription drugs, but leading provider experts suggest that payers could do more to boost the efficiency of prior authorization procedures for clinically...

How Process, Outcome Measures Contribute to Population Health

by Thomas Beaton

Payers rely on process and outcome quality measures to communicate healthcare performance to new and current beneficiaries. Quality measurements such as HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, and standardized core quality measures (CQMs) are some of...

Payer, Provider Collaboration Required for Accountable Care Success

by Thomas Beaton

The accountable care organization (ACO) movement has gained traction over the last year as payers and providers begin to share the same viewpoints on the benefits of value-based care. Provider attitudes about ACOs and related value-based...

Member Engagement, Medicare Advantage Growth Top 2018 Payer Trends

by Thomas Beaton

2018 is a year in which payers are likely to implement strategies aimed at improving growth in Medicare Advantage markets, increasing the use of the social determinants of health  to improve outcomes, and expanding member engagement...

How HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, CQMs Impact Healthcare Payers

by Thomas Beaton

Quality performance metrics such as HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, and standardized core quality measures (CQMs) can give consumers an objective indication of healthcare payer quality. Standardized quality measures aggregate how well a payer...

Humana Enters Home Health Market With $800M Provider Purchase

by Thomas Beaton

Humana signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 40 percent minority in the Kindred at Home division of Kindred Healthcare, the nation’s largest home health care provider.  The $800 million agreement follows several major...

ACA Cost Concerns Offer Payers a Member Engagement Opportunity

by Thomas Beaton

Consumers purchasing health insurance through the ACA exchanges are likely to actively seek out lower-cost options when enrolling or re-enrolling in individual health plans, says new data from GAO, giving payers a chance to practice their...

Aetna to Waive Narcan Co-Pays, Combat Opioid Overprescribing

by Thomas Beaton

Aetna will be the first national payer to waive Narcan co-pays for fully-insured members as part of a larger effort to address the nation’s opioid crisis, the payer announced in a press release. Narcan is considered a preferred...

UnitedHealthcare Assists Phoenix Children’s Value-Based Care Goals

by Thomas Beaton

UnitedHealthcare and Phoenix Children’s Care Network (PCCN) have launched an accountable care program aimed at a lowering costs and improving care quality. UnitedHealthcare will share data with PCCN to inform providers of a...

Medicare Advantage, Consumer Engagement Top Payer Trends for 2018

by Thomas Beaton

Payers will face a number of industry challenges in 2018, including improving Medicare Advantage (MA) member satisfaction, expanding access to community outreach programs for individuals, and creating more drug pricing transparency for...

How Payers Address the Four Domains of Chronic Disease Prevention

by Thomas Beaton

Payers have an opportunity to improve chronic disease prevention and limit chronic disease spending by addressing the both medical and non-medical factors of chronic conditions. Payers can determine their chronic disease costs, and lower...

Why Bundled Payments Are a Popular Option for Healthcare Payers

by Thomas Beaton

Bundled payments are ideal for payers that want to participate in value-based care. Bundled payments tend to have lower financial risks than other payment models for payers and are beneficial to providers as well as payers. In a bundled...

Member Engagement, Payer Spending Lead Top 10 Stories of 2017

by Thomas Beaton

The 2017 news cycle was a constant flurry of political and financial developments for payers. From the turbulent efforts to repeal and replace the ACA in the House and Senate to challenges with member engagement, population health, and...

Integrated Care Model Lowers Health System Medical Costs

by Thomas Beaton

Cigna’s integrated care model partnership with Texas-based Catalyst Health helped reduce the health system’s total medical costs to 5.6 percent below industry averages, the organizations announced in a press release. The Cigna...

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