Category: Health Care Costs

VIDEO: Why Health Plans are Partnering Across the Health System

Improving the quality and value of health care will take collaboration among all health care stakeholders. In this week’s installment of Health Care in Focus, you’ll learn how health plans are teaming up with health care providers across the country to change how health care is delivered. Continue reading

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Drug of the Week: A Blockbuster Orphan Drug

The latest Drug of the Week installment calls attention to a growing problem that’s putting pharmaceutical profits ahead of patient access: abuse of the Orphan Drug Act. This exploitation is what enables Rituxan to be considered an orphan drug while also being the 12th best-selling medication in the United States. Continue reading

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How Your Health Insurance Company Works for You

People often think of health insurance as a safety net and financial product that helps pay medical bills. And it is but it’s also much more than that. Health plans help people lead healthy lives, make informed health care decisions, and manage chronic conditions. Continue reading

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VIDEO: What are Provider Networks?

In this week’s Health Care in Focus, you’ll learn why consumers see big savings when they visit contracted providers. Continue reading

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Health Care Spending, Competition, and Data Infrastructure: Q&A with Martin Gaynor

In March, health care economist Martin Gaynor will deliver a keynote speech during AHIP’s National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. We caught up with the Carnegie Mellon economics professor to find out about trends in U.S. health care spending, and the important role information plays for consumers, policymakers, and industry leaders. Continue reading

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WATCH: Putting Health Plans’ Benefit Design in Focus

This week in Health Care in Focus, we explain how health plans use different approaches to design insurance products in order to meet a variety of health and budget needs. Continue reading

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Drug of the Week: Ibrance

Health plans and patients are on the same side of cost challenge; we’re the ones paying the high prices of these cancer drugs. It’s time to look at the real consequences of over-the-top drug pricing, which is draining consumers’ pocketbooks and the U.S. health system’s finances. Continue reading

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How Hospital-Physician Consolidation is Driving up Health Costs

More hospitals are acquiring physician practices or hiring physicians as hospital employees, according to a report recently released by the Government Accountability Office. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Health Insurance Premiums 101

We’re releasing a new video series, “Health Care in Focus,” which touches on emerging health care topics – from prescription drug coverage and drug prices to provider networks and in-network and out-of-network care. Check out this week’s installment explaining what goes into health insurance premiums and how to use the benefits included in your coverage. Continue reading

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Drug of the Week: How to Justify a 137% Drug Price Hike? Don’t

Over the weekend, the New York Times summed up the current state of drug pricing in its latest editorial – “No Justification for High Drug Prices.” Exhibit A: Check out Diovan, a hypertension drug from Novartis, that is the spotlight medication for our latest Drug of the Week series Continue reading

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