Category: Issue Alert

What really happens when hospitals consolidate

Provider consolidation is a continuing source of debate in health care. But the facts are clear: Hospital mergers can drive up health care costs for consumers. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Leveraging the power of health IT

This week marks nine years of National Health IT Week, and health plans have been longtime supporters of health IT. Continue reading

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Old drug, higher price, no excuse

That headline rings all too true. This week MedPage Today and The Street reported on drug companies that took old drugs and made no changes … except for their price tags, which increased dramatically. Continue reading

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Big hospital systems mean higher prices

With news of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem forming the largest system in Illinois, it’s time to revisit the serious consequences of anticompetitive hospital consolidation: Research shows bigger hospital systems can lead to higher prices, not necessarily better health care. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Why Drug Prices Never Come Down in One Quote

Here is a Gilead executive attempting to justify the astronomical price of its hepatitis C treatment Sovaldi to Bloomberg: “We didn’t base it on our R&D costs, and we didn’t base it on our acquisition costs. The most basic answer we give is the regimen cost was the same as the old regimen cost.” Continue reading

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Roundtable round-up: Protecting Medicare Advantage

The Coalition for Medicare Choices recently held 10 roundtable discussions with members of Congress who have previously worked to protect Medicare Advantage. Here are some highlights of those important discussions that focused on the continued need to protect seniors from harmful cuts to the program. Continue reading

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The serious consequences of hospital consolidation

Everyone agrees on the need to lower health care costs and improve the quality of care delivered. And as Martin Gaynor, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics, said in a recent interview with Politico Pro, the industry can reach those goals without hospital consolidation. 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 wrong with the U.S. health care system, and what health plans are doing about it

Over at Vox, reporter Sarah Kliff has compiled a list of eight facts that show what’s wrong with the U.S. health care system. On that list you’ll see that health plan profits aren’t to blame for the rise in national health care spending. Continue reading

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Cigarettes Out at CVS

As of today, all CVS stores in America have removed cigarettes from their shelves, a move that makes an important statement about the danger of smoking. At the same time, CVS has announced a new smoking cessation campaign, designed to assist people ready to tackle their tobacco addiction. Efforts like this are a critical component of wellness programs that health plans have made a priority. Continue reading

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