Tag: Medical Prices

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

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

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

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At HHS Forum, Stakeholders Talk Innovative Medical Cures and Affordability

On Friday, AHIP participated in a pharmaceutical forum hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where consumers, providers, employers, and insurers discussed ways to enable the U.S. health care system to deliver the most affordable, highest-quality medicines. Continue reading

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Health Care Consolidation Considerations

When hospitals and physician practices compete on price and quality, prices go down, consumers have better access to health care services, quality improves, and investments go toward innovation. Continue reading

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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

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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