Tag: 3rd Party Studies

More proof that price increases are driven by the consolidation of provider markets

We’ve cited countless research that shows increased levels of hospital and physician consolidation is followed by major increases in price for health care services. Well a new study in the October issue of Health Affairs reaches that same conclusion. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: Higher drug prices mean increased costs for patients

The price of prescription drugs once again has outpaced growth in prices for every other health care sector. Continue reading

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There’s more to plan mergers

A lot has been said about health care consolidation, and it’s time to sort through a central misperception about health plan mergers. Let’s start with Medicare Advantage. Continue reading

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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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