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Cigna: Integrated Pharmacy, Medical Benefits Improve Overall Health

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Integrating pharmacy benefits with medical benefits can help to improve overall health and reduce employer costs, according to a new study released by Cigna. Individuals with connected medical, behavioral and pharmacy health benefits...

Venture-Funded Medicare Advantage Plans Launch into 2019 Market

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Several Medicare Advantage (MA) plans entering the market for the 2019 plan year are backed by millions in venture capital funding and are planning to compete with established payers by promoting new health plan solutions. The recent...

Engagement, Data Analytics Cut Opioid Dependency in Managed Care

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AmeriHealth Caritas has successfully reduced opioid dependency rates among managed care beneficiaries through member engagement and data analytics techniques that promote alternatives to opioid treatments. The payer’s Opioid...

Insured Critical Illness Beneficiaries Face High Treatment Costs

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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...

CMS Releases 2019 Medicare Advantage Health Plan Star Ratings

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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...

Payers Partner with Trade Orgs to Roll Out Association Health Plans

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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...

How Payers Can Develop a Medication Therapy Management Program

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As the cost of medication non-adherence reaches over $300 billion annually, payers are increasingly challenged to provide new solutions to address the healthcare and economic impacts of non-adherence. Payers could develop a medication...

Payers Can Leverage Telehealth for Chronic Disease Management

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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

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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

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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

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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...

31% of Beneficiaries Face Social Isolation, More Health Risks

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A new survey of Humana’s commercial population has found that almost one-third of members over 65 years old experience social isolation. The survey reveals that payers could benefit by addressing social isolation among their elderly...

Top Health Plans Excel in Preventive Care, Chronic Disease Management

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Earning Top Medicare Advantage Ratings Requires Data, Ambitious Goals

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Succeeding in the highly competitive Medicare Advantage (MA) market requires more than just a sense that there are financial gains to be had in this growing health insurance segment. Payers that wish to reap some of the many financial...

Reference Pricing Models for Prescription Drugs May Contain Costs

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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

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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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