Tag: Medical Prices

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Stat of the Day

4 Takeaways from Today’s Hearing on Health Care Competition

This morning, AHIP’s Dan Durham offered testimony on how health plans across the country are operating in highly competitive regulatory environments where success is defined by their ability to deliver affordable coverage choices and ensure high-quality care. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Testimony, In Case You Missed It, Uncategorized

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

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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