Tag: affordability

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

Posted in: Issue Alert, Uncategorized

Health Plan-Bio Collaboration Drives Patient-Centered Care

A recent blog post in Health Affairs shows that collaboration in the health care system is needed to deliver high-value, patient-centered care. We are seeing this in action with two health care organizations that are working together to foster a value-based approach to medical innovation. Continue reading

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Ask the AHIP Experts: Why Provider Networks are Important

Health plans use high-value provider networks to reduce premiums and promote more affordable coverage for consumers. We asked two of AHIP’s policy leads, Vice Presidents Greg Gierer and Crystal Kuntz, to explain why health plans are turning to high-value provider networks designed to reward quality and effectiveness. Continue reading

Posted in: Fact Check, Uncategorized

Health Care Spending, Competition, and Data Infrastructure: Q&A with Martin Gaynor

In March, health care economist Martin Gaynor will deliver a keynote speech during AHIP’s National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. We caught up with the Carnegie Mellon economics professor to find out about trends in U.S. health care spending, and the important role information plays for consumers, policymakers, and industry leaders. Continue reading

Posted in: Conferences, Health Care Costs

Drug of the Week: Ibrance

Health plans and patients are on the same side of cost challenge; we’re the ones paying the high prices of these cancer drugs. It’s time to look at the real consequences of over-the-top drug pricing, which is draining consumers’ pocketbooks and the U.S. health system’s finances. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Infographic

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

High Drug Prices Are a Major Challenge for Patients and Providers

Innovative medical treatments have the potential to prevent, treat, and cure diseases, but not if the patients who need the medications can’t afford them. A recent Wall Street Journal article shared the patient and provider perspectives of this growing problem. Continue reading

Posted in: Cost Alert

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

Posted in: In Case You Missed It, Issue Alert

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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