Health Savings Account Enrollment Reaches 11.4 Million

Monday, June 20th, 2011
This post was written by Cheryl Miller

An estimated 11.4 million Americans are covered by health savings account (HSA)-eligible insurance plans, an increase of more than 14 percent since last year, according to a new census from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). New healthcare reform laws could pose concerns for HSA policyholders, in particular, restrictions on over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medical loss ratio (MLR) regulation, and the minimum actuarial value requirement, which will go into effect in 2014. This week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update contains more information on this.

Healthcare reform laws are also the impetus for the partnership between Scripps Health and North American Medical Management, California, Inc. (NAMM), who will jointly develop an integrated healthcare network. In discussion are commercial and Medicare/Medi-Cal ACOs, bundled payments, capitation and other quality incentive models.

Also in step with the changing face of healthcare, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has launched a mobile application that puts ER wait times, a list of frequently called hospital numbers, and even maps
and directions right at patients’ fingertips, while ironically, a new HIMSS survey on clinical transformation shows that only 35 percent of today’s hospital and healthcare system executives have easy access to electronic data.

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