Tag: 3rd Party Studies

7 things we learned at the Health Affairs briefing on specialty drugs

Specialty drugs took center stage at today’s Health Affairs event, which introduced research from the October issue titled “Specialty Pharmaceutical Spending and Policy.” Below are some highlights. Continue reading

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When Providers Merge, Consumers Pay

When hospital and physician practices merge, consumers often pay the price. Continue reading

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What Do the Experts Say?

Everyone wants to know what premiums are going to look like for 2015 in the new health care marketplaces. The answer of course is not straightforward, but it deserves proper focus and explanation. So where do we turn? Continue reading

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Simply Skyrocketing

A new medical cost trend report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that “the rise of high-priced specialty drugs is sparking anxiety and fierce debate among purchasers over pricing strategies and whether the high cost will be worth it over the long term. One thing is certain: In 2015, several expensive specialty therapies will likely increase the healthcare spending growth rate.” Continue reading

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Quoted: “Providers and Pharmaceuticals are Essentially Taking Advantage of the American Public”

See what Tom Sackville of the International Federation of Health Plans has to say about their recent report. Continue reading

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$4,293

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its annual report comparing health care costs in the U.S. to those around the globe. Continue reading

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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

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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

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