Insurers must invent new healthcare solutions to be competitive in the market emerging under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.
Evaluate technology devices that your members use to determine the best ways to reach them with health outreach, enrollment, hot transfer and care coordination
Private insurers might need to offer parallel incentives for the accountable care organization model to have critical mass in paying for quality
Rethink benefit options and watch for new consolidations in your local provider market
Private fee-for-service plans are under scruntiny as perhaps being partly responsible for skyrocketing Medicare expenditures.
Providers, plans and pharma companies promise to produce savings through tried and true methods, but skeptics doubt they'll make any sacrifices
Employers' dependent eligibility audits find 5% don't belong on the plan. Next step is voluntary opt-out followed by removal.
Policy makers focus on consumer protection and health plan conduct
United says it has no plans to follow suit by selling off its pharmacy benefit services. WellPoint will oursource now.
Washington, D.C.—National healthcare spending rose 6.7% in 2006 to $2.1 trillion, just slightly faster than the previous year but still fairly stable. Overall, outlays for healthcare reflected a continued slowdown from the double-digit growth rates of the 1990s. Payments for most major health services—hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, home health services—experienced slower growth than 2005.