Category: Fact Check

Health plans and the quest for value

“The quest for value dominates contemporary health policy,” and health plans play a pivotal role in that process, notes a recent Health Affairs blog post. Continue reading

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AHIP in the WSJ: Consolidation Leads to Higher Prices

There is overwhelming evidence that hospital mergers can lead to significant price increases and that quality of care improves with greater competition Continue reading

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Move over Apple, health plans already using high-tech health care innovations

Long before Apple, health plans have been getting innovative with data to deliver better care for patients and empower consumers to make better decisions. Continue reading

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Provider consolidation holds back value-based care

So what is the impact of provider consolidation on the U.S. health care system? Higher costs and less choice for consumers and employers, as stated in a recent amicus brief filed by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Continue reading

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What’s in a network: Value, Access, Satisfaction

The focus this week has been about how health plans are delivering value and peace of mind for patients. But we can’t talk value and peace of mind without highlighting another strategy that gives consumers access to quality care while keeping prices down – high-value networks. Continue reading

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Formularies, a tool in the fight for affordable life-saving care

Health plans have a long list of tools they use to deliver better value and access to health care consumers. One that’s worth noting is prescription drug formularies – lists of the generic and brand name drugs that are covered – that are developed to encourage the use of safe, effective, and affordable medications. Continue reading

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Another role for plans: Help consumers make the most of their health benefits

Navigating the complex health care system isn’t always easy, especially for newly enrolled consumers who are using their new benefits for the first time. But health plans are there to help these new consumers sort through the system and prepare them to take charge of their health coverage and care. Continue reading

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Solving health care’s biggest problems

Health plans have important roles to play in health care, guiding patients through the system, providing access to the best treatments, and protecting patients from medical bankruptcy. They’re also on the frontlines tackling challenges in an industry that is undergoing unprecedented change. Continue reading

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New Study: Coverage Options Available to Significantly Limit Costs for Those With Chronic Conditions

A new independent analysis from HealthPocket has found that consumers have a range of coverage options to choose from, including plans that can significantly limit out-of-pocket costs for those with chronic conditions and the most medical needs. Continue reading

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Health Plans: Delivering Value and Peace of Mind for Patients

As a reader of this blog, you know that we regularly talk a lot about challenges facing the health care system. And rightly so, as there are a great many. But this week we’re going to spend some time highlighting the value that health plans bring to the American health care system and particularly what plans mean for patients who need care the most. Continue reading

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