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Pediatric Care Out-of-Pocket Spending Rose 5.5% in 2014

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Both public and private health payers have been searching for ways to reduce healthcare spending as a whole, but rising prices may be making it more difficult to combat medical care expenditure. The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI)...

13% of Midsize Employers Provide High-Deductible Health Plans

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The health insurance industry has been changing due to the Affordable Care Act and other regulatory pressures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Rising healthcare costs along with the reforms taking place among...

Healthcare Cost Variation Differs Twofold between States

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Those who have spent time in a doctor’s office or emergency room may have seen that the prices of healthcare services tend to vary drastically among separate medical facilities. New findings from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI)...

Is Rising US Healthcare Spending Burdening the Economy?

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Is healthcare spending in the United States too high? Are the financial aspects of running the medical system around the country burdening the US economy? The National Center for Policy Analysis insists that the viewpoint claiming that...

$120 Million Settlement Ends Medical Claims Processing Failure

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One medical claims processing technological project has been put to rest in the state of California. This project began in 2007 and has still failed to be completed, according to the California Healthline publication. The medical claims...

Why Health Insurance Claims Data Needs Medical Device ID

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If health insurance companies truly want to improve patient health outcomes including the quality of care and boost patient safety in an effort to reduce wasteful spending, it may be beneficial for health insurance claims data to include...

Why Payers Should Improve Cost Transparency for Consumers

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The health insurance industry could benefit from greater cost transparency, as it could bring new methods for lowering healthcare spending and create a more competitive market among providers. Federal and state regulators aiming at...

Could Electronic Processing Reduce Medical Spending Rates?

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The US healthcare system is one of the most expensive around the world and the rising costs haven't diminished significantly in recent years. Today, health payers and providers have been working together to reduce medical spending...

Plan Member Satisfaction Reduced in Less Competitive Markets

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Due to the value-based care initiatives taking place at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), patient engagement and patient satisfaction have become imperative for the health payer industry. A report from J.D. Power called...

How Data, Value-Based Care Drives Down Health Insurance Costs

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In today’s world, the average employee and business owner are seeing a rise in health insurance costs. Even through the health insurance exchange, premium prices are expected to rise this year while high-deductible plans are becoming...

How One Health Payer Partnership Reduced Hospitalizations

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Recently, the health payer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced in a press release that it will be extending its partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest over the next two years. The specific...

Price Transparency May Lower $27 Billion in Healthcare

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Price transparency in the healthcare industry is becoming more and more pertinent and sought after. Research has shown that there is still insufficient price transparency within the medical field including hospital services. However, a new...

How Health IT Automation Improves Consumer Satisfaction

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New technologies and health IT tools are becoming a necessary part of the health insurance industry, as innovative approaches like automation can largely benefit employees while portals could make a difference for health plan...

4 Elements Necessary for Switching to ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding

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On October 1, 2015, the healthcare industry from payers and federal agencies to hospitals, physicians, and specialists transitioned to ICD-10 diagnosis coding. Many healthcare providers were concerned that their practices would not be...

Value-based Care Reimbursement Makes Strides in Health Plans

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The fee-for-service payment model is slowly becoming an antiquated concept as more insurers and healthcare providers adopt value-based care reimbursement. Karen Ignani, President of Emblem Health and former CEO of America’s Health...

52% of Employers Offer High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans

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Despite the fact that the health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion opened up more opportunities for Americans to obtain healthcare coverage without being dependent on employment, the health payer industry is still intertwined with...

Is Health Information Technology ‘Imperative for Payers’?

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Health information technology remains a key aspect of maneuvering the health payer industry toward automating workflows and improving medical claims management. However, some insurers are still having difficulty with adhering to member...

Healthcare Payment Reform May Need the Employer Perspective

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At the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) National Payment Innovation Summit taking place February 10 to 12 in Memphis, Tennessee, a multitude of stakeholders gathered to share ideas and innovations related to healthcare...

Do Provider Reimbursement Pathways Need Oncologist Perspective?

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When it comes to oncologists following a set protocol for cancer care, should health payers have a say in the type of pathways these physicians need to follow? An opinion piece from JAMA Oncology seems to say otherwise. The issue at hand...

Cost Transparency, ‘Consumer-driven Healthcare’ Impacts Payers

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Cost transparency remains a vital aspect of healthcare reform among both providers and payers. Uninsured consumers and those who have employer-sponsored health coverage are continually finding the costs of premiums, deductibles, and...

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