Health information technology, data analytics, and other health care bills brought before Congress this week

Columbus Day is almost here, a day when many businesses, offices, and schools will close for the holiday. Start your three-day weekend by checking out this week’s health care-related legislation introduced in the House and Senate. Continue reading

Posted in: On The Hill

Chart of the Day: Higher drug prices mean increased costs for patients

The price of prescription drugs once again has outpaced growth in prices for every other health care sector. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Stat of the Day

Breakthrough drugs: Astronomical prices, no end in sight?

Yesterday on NBC Nightly News, AHIP Executive Vice President Matt Eyles addressed the “black box” of pharmaceutical pricing and why it’s a big problem for patients. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP in the News, Health Care Costs, In Case You Missed It, Must See TV

5 Sessions to Watch at the National Conferences on Medicare & Medicaid and Dual Eligibles Summit

With three exciting agendas to explore, this year’s National Conferences on Medicare & Medicaid and Dual Eligibles Summit promises to be lively as well as news-making. Looking for a few sessions to add to your calendar? Here are just five to get you started. Continue reading

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6 More Bipartisan Reasons to Repeal the Health Insurance Tax

The rumors are true. The Health Insurance Tax (HIT) is here, and it’s here in a BIG way. Continue reading

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Swift action needed to shield Medicare beneficiaries from Part B premium and deductible increases

With Medicare open enrollment beginning October 15, Medicare beneficiaries need to be aware of unprecedented increases in premiums and deductibles that are facing not only those participating in Part B, but in Medicare as a whole in 2016. Continue reading

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Congress Votes to Restore Traditional Definition of Small-Group Market and More This Week

On Capitol Hill, Congressional leaders worked on a number of health-related issues, including voting to restore the traditional definition of the small group market. Check out this week’s health care legislation introduced in the House and Senate. Continue reading

Posted in: On The Hill, Uncategorized

INFOGRAPHIC: See the Impact of Exorbitant Out-of-Network Fees for Patients

Unexpected medical bills can be shocking for patients who seek care from out-of-network providers or specialists. On average, patients saw potential excess charges of 300 percent compared to Medicare’s fee for the same treatment or procedure. These exorbitant charges underscore the value of health plans’ provider networks. Health plans develop provider networks to improve quality and make health care more affordable for consumers. By selectively contracting with credentialed providers, health plans ensure consumers have access to a wide-range of providers [...]

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Infographic

The “Mindful Cyborg” on Everyday Data and What It Means for Healthcare

He’s been called “the most connected human on Earth.” Chris Dancy, the self-described “mindful cyborg,” has incorporated more than 700 sensors, devices, apps and services into his daily life to measure and analyze nearly everything he does. It’s all about understanding the massive amounts of data we all create doing every day things, like exercising and answering email. Dancy, who serves as chief digital officer and senior vice president at Healthways Inc., will speak during AHIP’s Consumer Experience & Digital [...]

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Congress Takes Key Step to Protect Employees and Small Businesses

Progress is being made in an effort to preserve access to affordable coverage and care for 3.4 million workers and their families. The House is scheduled today to vote on the PACE Act. AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner recently urged [PDF] policymakers to support this legislation, which restores the traditional definition of the small group market and provides states with greater flexibility to address the cost. That’s because expanding the current small group definition to include mid-size companies could [...]

Posted in: On The Hill, What They Are Saying