Category: AHIP White Papers

New Issue Brief: Strategies and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Specialty Drug Costs While Assuring Access to Effective Treatments

As we noted in our blog post yesterday, experts project that “spending on specialty drugs is expected to skyrocket over the next decade and beyond.” A new issue brief from AHIP outlines how health plans are working to manage specialty drug spending while ensuring access to high quality care, and outlines specific policy options to promote high-quality, cost-effective drug coverage. Continue reading

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New Report Highlights Health Plans’ Commitment to Health Literacy

A new report by AHIP looks at the health literacy programs of 30 member companies and describes their commitment to providing consumers with information on their health and benefits that can be easily understood and used to good advantage. Continue reading

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High-Performance Provider Networks: Ensuring Affordable, High-Value Health Care

Health care costs continue to rise at a rate that is unsustainable and unaffordable for consumers. Continue reading

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Issue Brief: Extending Open Enrollment Will Lead to Adverse Selection

A new AHIP Issue Brief explains why delaying the individual mandate and/or extending the open enrollment period past March 31 could have a destabilizing effect on insurance markets, resulting in higher premiums and coverage disruptions for individuals and families. Continue reading

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Robert Samuelson: “Controlling Spending on Medical Advances Isn’t Easy”

An op-ed in the Washington Post by Robert Samuelson focuses on how advances in medical technology, while groundbreaking in terms of patient care, are also prone to misuse and overuse, driving health care costs upward. Continue reading

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New Study Examines Why Patients May Be Getting Unnecessary Stress Tests

Reuters examines a new JAMA study that says heart patients may be exposed to unnecessary stress tests. Continue reading

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New Medigap White Paper Evaluates Likely Effects of a Ban on 1st Dollar Coverage in Medigap Plans

A new AHIP white paper by Cory Capps and David Dranove reviews recent research on the effects of higher cost-sharing on vulnerable subpopulations to: (1) determine the relevance of the general findings of the RAND National Health Insurance Experiment (RAND HIE) to current discussions about cost sharing in Medigap plans; and (2) evaluate the likely effects of a ban on first-dollar coverage in Medigap plans. Continue reading

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Health Plans and Providers Partnering to Advance Accountable Care

New health care delivery and payment models in the private sector are being shaped by active collaboration between health insurance plans and providers, according to a new study by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) that appears in the September edition of Health Affairs. Continue reading

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The Incidentaloma — What Is It and Why It’s Important

US News & World Report Healthcare Headaches blog examines the tie between increasing incidents of “incidentalomas” and CT scans. Continue reading

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AHIP White Paper Focuses on Patients and Diagnostic Imaging

An AHIP white paper lays out the factors leading to high volume of inappropriate imaging as well as health plans’ strategies to improve quality and affordability of care. Continue reading

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