Posts Tagged ‘health insurance exchange’

Infographic: Health Insurance Affordability Through ACA’s Marketplaces

October 1st, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Sixty-one percent of adults paying health insurance premiums through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces are reporting they are somewhat or very easy to afford.

The Commonwealth Fund summarizes the experiences of health insurance marketplace customers in terms of affordability and plan satisfaction in a new infographic.

Physician Adoption of Health IT

Public Exchanges Data: Premium Analysis and Carrier Participation for 2014 As health plan operators last year were preparing to offer plans on the state-run and federally facilitated health insurance exchanges, they could only guess at the age and health of the population that would enroll, and they had no information about how their competitors would price their plans.

Now that open enrollment is over, Public Exchanges Data: Premium Analysis and Carrier Participation for 2014 takes a look at how it all played out. This report offers a highly detailed overview of where carriers participated, the types of products they offered and how their prices stacked up against their competitors.

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: PHRs, Diabetes, Health Insurance, Hospital Rankings

October 25th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

Parents of young children who managed their family’s healthcare by using integrated personal health records (PHRs) were more likely to get their children the nationally recommended number of preventive care visits, according to a Kaiser Permanente study. PHRs allow patients to view parts of their medical record, including immunizations and after-visit instructions, and to manage appointments, refill prescriptions, check lab results, and securely communicate with their healthcare providers. The online tool is particularly valuable for busy parents who might forget when to bring their children in for well-child visits or immunizations, especially when they are healthy.

Diabetics can be better managed by healthcare providers who use EHRs to manage them, says Kathy Brieger, RD, CDE, chief operations officer pf Hudson River Healthcare. The reporting system provides data on patients, letting providers know who may have missed appointments for hemoglobin A1C or who could benefit from self management programs or care coordination. More in our featured book excerpt this week.

Online management plays heavily into a survey of small business owners looking at insurance options for their employees. According to researchers from the Commonwealth Fund, more than half of survey respondents who currently provide their employees with health benefits are willing to offer a choice of health plans while paying a fixed cost, as long as the employee pays extra for a more expensive plan. When asked what would make health insurance management easier, more than half said being able to compare plans, costs, benefits, physicians in the network, and other features online would be welcome.

Self management is the key to a new initiative aimed at helping hospitals across the state understand their practice patterns compared with their peers, better manage costs and improve outcomes for patients. The Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC), launched by BCBS of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and the University of Michigan Health System, will provide hospitals with timely feedback about utilization and payment, comparing hospitals on cost and variation based on claims data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Participating hospitals will not only receive information about their comparative costs during hospital admissions and their comparison to the statewide average, but also for care delivered before and after hospitalization.

And lastly, our new online survey for you to manage: please tell us how you have weathered the storms of 2013 – from an early surge in Medicare accountable care collaborations to the recent rocky introduction of ACA-mandated health insurance exchanges during a government shutdown – and are preparing for 2014 by completing HIN’s ninth annual survey on Healthcare Trends by November 18th. You’ll receive a free executive summary of the compiled results, and your responses will be kept strictly confidential. One respondent will win a training DVD of the “2014 Healthcare Trends and Forecasts” webinar recorded on October 30, 2013.

Infographic: Employee Choice in Health Benefit Selection

June 19th, 2013 by Melanie Matthews

As employees share a greater portion of employer-sponsored healthcare costs, employers are offering a defined contribution option in which employees select a health plan, including those created by private exchanges.

Alegeus Technologies examines how this trend evolved and offers predictions on the number of individuals who will receive health coverage through exchanges.

The Path to Defined Contribution

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Infographic: The U.S. Public’s Healthcare Agenda for 2013

March 13th, 2013 by Patricia Donovan

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy from the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) Network takes a look at the U.S. public’s priorities for healthcare in 2013, including actions by state governments (such as creating a health insurance exchange or marketplace), Medicaid expansion, Medicare spending, and spending for specific types of public health activities. Data provided for analysis is from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

US Public's Healthcare Agenda for 2013

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Infographic: Health Insurance Exchanges

October 26th, 2012 by Melanie Matthews

Facing a November 16th deadline to declare intention and readiness to build a health insurance exchange, the majority of states are expected to let the government take over by default, according to the Pew Center on the States.

Only 15 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to establish state exchanges. In this infographic by the Pew Center on the States, see which states plan to establish exchanges and the amount of federal funding each state has received for exchange planning and implementation.

Health Insurance Exchanges

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