Tag: Medical Prices

Transparency and High-Value Health Care

As the following examples show, efforts to arm patients with reliable quality and cost data to shop wisely for health care services will have a meaningful impact on bending the current, unsustainable health care cost curve. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Health Care Costs

New issue brief on empowering consumers

Whether it’s a cost calculator or a mobile app, health plans provide consumers with a wide-range of tools that allow individuals to easily compare data on estimated costs of certain procedures and treatments as well as quality measures so they can make informed choices when selecting a provider or hospital. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports, Health Care Costs

JAMA: Making the case for health plan networks

By partnering with high-performing hospitals and providers that meet standards for delivering quality, efficient health care, health plans make it possible for individuals and families to access the care they need at an affordable price. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert

Hospital conglomerates: ‘The trend is concerning’

Decreased competition among providers, and higher prices and fewer choices for health care consumers are among the dangers posed by hospital consolidation, leading physicians at Johns Hopkins University cautioned in a new Journal of the American Medical Association article. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

You Can’t Deny the Facts

Given the recent focus on consolidation in the health care industry and how such activity would impact the cost of coverage, it’s crucial to bear in mind several important facts. Continue reading

Posted in: Fact Check

Improper patents lead to substantially higher drug costs

The problem of wrongly granted patents leads to higher prices for patients, small and large employers, Medicare, and Medicaid – not to mention billions of dollars of “pure economic waste,” according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Continue reading

Posted in: Cost Alert

New Data Brief on Networks Ensuring Affordable, Accessible Specialty Care

For patients managing complex health conditions, health plans’ networks include a broad range of specialty provider and hospital groups that have a proven track-record of delivering high-quality care, according to a new AHIP data brief. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Studies and Reports

Durham Op-Ed: “The Great Threat of Rising Health Care Costs”

Today’s Morning Consult features an op-ed by AHIP Interim CEO Dan Durham, in which he states now is the time to focus on ensuring health care accessibility, affordability, and quality. However, Durham highlights underlying challenges that all stakeholders need to confront in order to move the health system forward. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP in the News, Cost Alert

What’s behind health insurance premiums?

With recent discussions surrounding insurance premiums, it’s important to acknowledge an important fact: Premiums track directly with the underlying cost of care. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Striking down weak patents protects patients

In some cases, explosive drug prices are the result of drugmakers’ patent schemes that financially distress consumers and limit their treatment options. That is why a recent proposal to exempt pharmaceutical companies from a key consumer protection would leave families across the country even more hostage to egregious pharmaceutical prices. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Letters, Cost Alert