Category: Issue Alert

Americans Happy with Their Provider Network

An overwhelming majority of Americans under age 65 (87 percent, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey) report being satisfied with the choice of doctors available in their health plans. They’re also very satisfied with the value of health insurance coverage overall. Continue reading

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How BCBSMA is Improving End-of-life Care

As the health care system focuses on improving end-of-life care, health plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts are stepping up to the challenge. Continue reading

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Report: Protect Medicare Advantage’s Ability to Care for Patients with Complex Health Needs

Changes to the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment model undermine health plans’ efforts to care for beneficiaries managing multiple chronic conditions, concludes a new report from Avalere Health. This will have real consequences for the millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on the Medicare Advantage program. Continue reading

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Health Plans Leading the Way in Asthma Care

Health plans are recognized yearly by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management for pioneering innovative strategies and programs to help consumers better manage their asthma. Their work in providing access to asthma care services is important, as asthma affects more than 25 million Americans each year, including nearly 7 million children. Continue reading

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Putting Patients First

Across the industry, innovators are driving change within the health care system to improve the health of the communities we serve. To me, this means putting patients at the center of the care model. Continue reading

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3 Tips For a Healthy Life in the New Year

Weight loss, exercising and smoking cessation are among the top New Year’s resolutions, according to the Washington Post. Preventive care is key to maintaining these healthy habits all year-round. Taking advantage of preventive care coverage can lead to better overall health and well-being and lower medical costs. 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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FTC Cracks Down on Anticompetitive Provider Mergers

Hospital consolidation in concentrated markets harms patients, leaving them with higher health care costs and fewer choices. That’s why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is working to block anticompetitive hospital mergers to promote affordability and quality for patients across the country. Continue reading

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A Holistic, Person-centered Approach to Medicaid Managed Care

Recognizing health care is not one-size-fits-all, Medicaid health plans tailor benefits and programs to the specific needs of patient populations. A key component of what makes Medicaid health plans successful is their ability to develop patient-centered programs based on critical input from beneficiaries and providers. Continue reading

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A Look Back at Health Care in 2015

What health care issues did readers find most important in 2015? To find out, we’ve compiled a list of the most-read posts on the AHIP Coverage blog. Prescription drug pricing and Medicaid managed care took the top spots this year. Continue reading

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