Category: Issue Alert

A chorus of criticism over provider consolidation

Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts already has grown to include 10 hospitals, and according to an article in The Boston Globe, plans to add three more hospitals seem to be more about growing its empire than helping its patients. Continue reading

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Health Care Value In Three Simple Words

Affordability. Stability. Quality. These are three simple words that every consumer has in mind when considering their choices for health care. While system-wide obstacles such as provider consolidation and rising specialty drugs prices jeopardize all three of these critical goals, health plans are working harder than ever to advance new innovations that deliver better outcomes for consumers. Continue reading

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What’s forcing consumers to spend more on health care? Rising prices

Thanks to ever-rising health care prices, consumers spent more on medical services last year even though they used fewer of them. Continue reading

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Health plans guide consumers through Open Enrollment

Consumers may have questions or need help during Open Enrollment, so health plans are ramping up employee education and training programs to be ready with the answers. Continue reading

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Ignagni Touts New Consumer Guide to Understanding Health Plan Provider Networks

Today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C., America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Foundation President Karen Ignagni announced the release of a new guide to help consumers understand health plans’ provider networks and to help inform coverage decisions that are right for them. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Health plan-provider partnership is the secret to sustainable, affordable care

As the U.S. health care industry undergoes tremendous transformation, partnerships and interdependence among all health care organizations will drive affordability and quality. That was a major theme today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C. – and a message that America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni drove home in a keynote address. Continue reading

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When the claim of ‘innovation’ is simply higher prices

High prices fuel the fire of innovation – that’s the misleading explanation drug companies give for setting their prices at astronomical levels. It’s also the explanation that Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Peter Bach, M.D., easily disproves in a new Forbes article. Continue reading

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Study strengthens support for price transparency

Health plans have been calling on providers to improve transparency in pricing, and a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association backs up those calls. Continue reading

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How health plans improve health literacy for diverse populations

During health literacy month, it’s important to remember that cultural or language issues can affect the ability to obtain, understand, and use health information. It’s why the language used is critically important when developing resources for consumers. Continue reading

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JAMA: Hospital ownership and higher prices

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights something we’ve been concerned about for years – that provider consolidation increases prices for services and costs for patients. Continue reading

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