Chart of the Day: Purchase Drug, Increase Price, Rinse, Repeat

Steep price increases aren’t just products of hospital mergers. Massive price hikes are hitting patients as part of the wave of pharmaceutical consolidation too, according to a new Wall Street Journal article. Continue reading

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Provider Consolidation Across the Nation

When hospitals or provider groups consolidate health care costs go up. Why? Provider consolidation reduces competition and gives large hospital systems greater negotiating power, resulting in higher prices for services and increased costs for patients. Continue reading

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What They Are Saying: Repeal the HIT

Efforts to repeal the health insurance tax hit an important milestone today. Bipartisan HIT repeal legislation spearheaded by Reps. Charles Boustany (LA) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) now has 218 cosponsors. Reaching the number needed for House passage shows the growing support in Congress to protect the small business community and consumers from increased health care costs due to this onerous tax. Continue reading

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Forum Highlights How Health Plans Deliver Value for Hispanic Communities in Florida

Today, members of Palm Beach’s Hispanic business community and health care leaders from across Florida had a roundtable discussion about the many ways health plans are delivering innovative care and value to Florida’s Hispanic and Latino communities. The discussion focused on how health plans are helping Florida residents navigate the health care system, access important benefits, and improve treatment for chronic conditions. Continue reading

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The Latest Health Care-Related Legislation

Check out the latest health care-related legislation introduced in the House and Senate. Continue reading

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The Unanswered Question of High-Cost Drugs

More than three-quarters of the public say more needs to be done to make high-priced prescription drugs more affordable for those who need them, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Recent reports demonstrate those concerns are warranted: Continue reading

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More hospital consolidation, more problems

“Frenzy” – “Monopolies” – “Dangers”– “Too big to fail” – These are all words used to describe the growing trend of hospital consolidation in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed. Continue reading

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Cost Drivers Undermine Affordable Care

Health care costs are on the rise – and we know why. Three major factors continuously undermine affordable care: soaring prescription drug prices, provider consolidation and the health insurance tax (HIT). Continue reading

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The Latest Health Care-Related Legislation

Check out the latest health care-related legislation introduced in the House and Senate. Continue reading

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Networks Offer Patients More Choice and More Value

Consumer choice plays a vital role in health care, which is why health plans provide a range of network size options as well as a broad array of physicians and hospitals in their provider networks. Consumers have even greater choice this year with more than 1,000 new networks introduced, a recent McKinsey report concluded. Continue reading

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