4 scary facts about health care

Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls, and everything scary. And in the spirit of spirit of Halloween, we’ve got something more terrifying than any ghost story – four truly scary facts about health care. Continue reading

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Payment reform innovation: 4 years strong and still improving

Health plans are leading the way to higher-quality, affordable health care with new payment structures that reduce spending and improve care quality. Just look an independent study released yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, which shows how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract has achieved lower costs and better care for its members. Continue reading

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Chart of the day: Health literacy edition

Health Literacy Month is almost over, but a chart from the Urban Institute reminds us that it’s an ever-important issue. The chart shows that limited ability to read (literacy) and work with numbers (numeracy) creates barriers to obtaining and using health insurance benefits. Continue reading

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A chorus of criticism over provider consolidation

Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts already has grown to include 10 hospitals, and according to an article in The Boston Globe, plans to add three more hospitals seem to be more about growing its empire than helping its patients. Continue reading

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Health Care Value In Three Simple Words

Affordability. Stability. Quality. These are three simple words that every consumer has in mind when considering their choices for health care. While system-wide obstacles such as provider consolidation and rising specialty drugs prices jeopardize all three of these critical goals, health plans are working harder than ever to advance new innovations that deliver better outcomes for consumers. Continue reading

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What’s forcing consumers to spend more on health care? Rising prices

Thanks to ever-rising health care prices, consumers spent more on medical services last year even though they used fewer of them. Continue reading

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Health plans guide consumers through Open Enrollment

Consumers may have questions or need help during Open Enrollment, so health plans are ramping up employee education and training programs to be ready with the answers. Continue reading

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Infographic: 8 ways to understand provider networks

AHIP Foundation’s new interactive guide explains eight things consumers should know about their health plan’s network, as well as offers detailed information on the various types of provider networks available, answers to frequently asked questions, and a glossary of important terms – to help consumers make the most of their benefits. Continue reading

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Ignagni Touts New Consumer Guide to Understanding Health Plan Provider Networks

Today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C., America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Foundation President Karen Ignagni announced the release of a new guide to help consumers understand health plans’ provider networks and to help inform coverage decisions that are right for them. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Health plan-provider partnership is the secret to sustainable, affordable care

As the U.S. health care industry undergoes tremendous transformation, partnerships and interdependence among all health care organizations will drive affordability and quality. That was a major theme today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C. – and a message that America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni drove home in a keynote address. Continue reading

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