Tag: 3rd Party Studies

Analysis: Imposing Limits to First-Dollar Coverage Would Increase Cost-Sharing for Medigap Policyholders

A new analysis from the Medicare Rights Center cautions policymakers against reforms that would increase costs for Medigap beneficiaries. Continue reading

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Implementing Market Reforms Without a Mandate Would Greatly Raise Premiums

Several months after the enactment of the health reform law, the Center for American Progress came out with a report examining the effect of partial repeal of the law. The report found that “removing the Affordable Care Act’s mandate would eviscerate the law’s coverage gains and greatly raise premiums.” Continue reading

Posted in: ACA

Medigap Continues to Offer Financial Security and Peace of Mind to Millions of Medicare Beneficiaries

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report entitled, “Medigap and Other Factors Are Associated with Higher Estimated Health Care Expenditures.” The analysis says, “estimated average total health care expenditures were higher for beneficiaries with Medigap” than for beneficiaries with traditional Medicare. Continue reading

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Health Care Cost Institute Report: Price Increases, Not Utilization, Drive Spending Growth

The Health Care Cost Institute yesterday released its 2012 Health Care Cost and Utilization Report. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

ICYMI: Health Affairs Study – “Medicare Beneficiaries More Likely To Receive Appropriate Ambulatory Services In HMOs Than In Traditional Medicare”

A study from this month’s issue of Health Affairs offers additional evidence of the quality care and high satisfaction Medicare Advantage plans provide to America’s seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. Continue reading

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Study: Provider Consolidation ‘Can Lead to Higher Prices’ for Consumers, Employers

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), “Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers 2014,” examines the impact provider consolidation has on the increasing costs of health care. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Study: Wiser Medication Use Could Save $213 Billion Annually

How much could wiser medication use save the U.S. per year? At least $213 billion, according to a new study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: MRI

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: CT Scan, Pelvis

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: CT Scan, Head

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs