Category: AHIP Studies and Reports

Transparency and High-Value Health Care

As the following examples show, efforts to arm patients with reliable quality and cost data to shop wisely for health care services will have a meaningful impact on bending the current, unsustainable health care cost curve. Continue reading

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Health Plans Leading the Way to Improve Adult Vaccination Rates

Health plans have made improving adult immunization rates a top priority, recognizing that immunizations are one of the best ways to keep patients healthy and reduce the risk of vaccine-preventable deaths and hospitalizations. Continue reading

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New issue brief on empowering consumers

Whether it’s a cost calculator or a mobile app, health plans provide consumers with a wide-range of tools that allow individuals to easily compare data on estimated costs of certain procedures and treatments as well as quality measures so they can make informed choices when selecting a provider or hospital. Continue reading

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New Data Brief on Networks Ensuring Affordable, Accessible Specialty Care

For patients managing complex health conditions, health plans’ networks include a broad range of specialty provider and hospital groups that have a proven track-record of delivering high-quality care, according to a new AHIP data brief. Continue reading

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New Issue Brief on Specialty Drug Issues and Challenges

A new issue brief from AHIP delves deeper into the challenges posed by high specialty drug pricing, which continues to threaten the availability of affordable coverage options for patients across the country. Continue reading

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New Data Brief on Hospital Consolidation and Premiums

The growing body of evidence that hospital consolidation and higher premiums go hand-in-hand has yet another entry. A new AHIP data brief finds that as hospital consolidation increases, so too do premiums. 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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ICYMI: Ignagni’s Remarks on Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage

A new report from Oliver Wyman estimates that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries would face premium increases and benefit reductions of $35-$75 per month, or $420-$900 next year, if new proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage take effect next year. AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni and Glenn Giese, a Principal at Oliver Wyman, discussed this report on a media conference call last Thursday, February 27. Continue reading

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New Report: Seniors to Lose Benefits and Choices as a Result of CMS’ Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage

Seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans would face premium increases and benefit reductions of $35-$75 per month, or $420-$900 next year, if new Medicare Advantage payment cuts recently proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) take effect next year, according to a new analysis by Oliver Wyman prepared for America’s Health Insurance Plans. Continue reading

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10 Policy Recommendations to Transform the Health Care System and Promote Value

As noted in yesterday’s blog post, states are uniquely situated to implement health care reforms that improve quality while reducing costs. Continue reading

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