Tag: Health Plan Innovations

Payment reform innovation: 4 years strong and still improving

Health plans are leading the way to higher-quality, affordable health care with new payment structures that reduce spending and improve care quality. Just look an independent study released yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, which shows how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract has achieved lower costs and better care for its members. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Health Care Value In Three Simple Words

Affordability. Stability. Quality. These are three simple words that every consumer has in mind when considering their choices for health care. While system-wide obstacles such as provider consolidation and rising specialty drugs prices jeopardize all three of these critical goals, health plans are working harder than ever to advance new innovations that deliver better outcomes for consumers. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Health plan-provider partnership is the secret to sustainable, affordable care

As the U.S. health care industry undergoes tremendous transformation, partnerships and interdependence among all health care organizations will drive affordability and quality. That was a major theme today at the National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health in Washington, D.C. – and a message that America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni drove home in a keynote address. Continue reading

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Ignagni: Challenging the status quo with health plan innovation

This week at the State Issues Conference in Washington, D.C., AHIP President and CEO Karen Ignagni delivered remarks on how health plans are bringing innovation to the delivery system as well how the regulatory and legislative environments could undermine their innovative solutions. Continue reading

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Health plans and the quest for value

“The quest for value dominates contemporary health policy,” and health plans play a pivotal role in that process, notes a recent Health Affairs blog post. Continue reading

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The march to value-based care

One way to bring – and keep – rising costs under control is to change the way we pay for care, BenefitsPro reports. The article describes the debate surrounding value-based care, concluding that efforts to reward providers for keeping people healthy will be a long-lasting movement. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Leveraging the power of health IT

This week marks nine years of National Health IT Week, and health plans have been longtime supporters of health IT. Continue reading

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Move over Apple, health plans already using high-tech health care innovations

Long before Apple, health plans have been getting innovative with data to deliver better care for patients and empower consumers to make better decisions. Continue reading

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Three Ways Health Plans Are Helping to Promote Value and Reduce Costs

Health plans are working to reduce the cost of health care by designing coverage options that encourage patients to make quality-driven medical choices when selecting physicians and hospitals. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP Studies and Reports

Health Plan Innovations in Medication Therapy Management: Effective Practices for Diabetes Care and Other Chronic Conditions

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) has become an essential strategy to address some of the nation’s highest priorities in health care: improving health outcomes and lowering costs for people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses; protecting patient safety; promoting effective care transitions; and reducing preventable hospital admissions and readmissions. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP Studies and Reports