Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Care Act’

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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Infographic: Healthcare Quality in Insurance Marketplaces

August 11th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Under the Affordable Care Act, some health insurance marketplaces have taken steps to improve healthcare quality and delivery in their states.

A new infographic from The Commonwealth Fund examines which states and how the marketplaces are improving quality.

13 States Are Using the Health Insurance Marketplaces to Improve Quality

The new health insurance exchange marketplaces, public and private, will have a profound impact on the under- and uninsured…and will permanently alter the way health insurance is bought and sold.

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Infographic: ACA’s Impact on People Seeking Healthcare

August 1st, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

Sixty percent of people with new coverage through the Affordable Care Act have visited a doctor, gone to the hospital, or filled a prescription, according to a new infographic by The Commonwealth Fund.

The infographic explores how the ACA has impacted previously uninsured adults and young adults, how the Medicaid expansion has impacted the uninsured rate and whether the newly insured would have been able to afford care previously.

ACA's Impact on People Seeking Healthcare

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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Infographic: The Effect of Medicaid Expansion Decisions by Southern States

July 9th, 2014 by Melanie Matthews

The decision by some Southern states to not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will keep Medicaid eligibility levels low, according to a new infographic by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The infographic shows that Southerners are more likely than people living in other parts of the United States to be uninsured; that most Southern states have poverty rates above the national average; and details on the Medicaid coverage gaps in Southern states.

To locate, stratify and engage dual eligibles, Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC) takes a creative approach, employing everything from home visits to ‘street case management’ to coordinate care for Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. Dual Eligibles Care and Service Planning: Integrative Approaches for the Medicare-Medicaid Population describes HCSC’s innovative tactics to engage this largely older adult and disabled population in population health management with support from a range of community partners and services.

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Infographic: Paying More Under PPACA

February 7th, 2014 by Jackie Lyons

Forty-eight percent of Americans surveyed in a recent BankRate.com study reported they would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) if they could, while 38 percent would keep it in place.

However, experts claim there have not been large premium increases, according to a new infographic from LifeHealthPro. This infographic shows the effects of the PPACA on part-time and full-time workers, the American response to the PPACA, as well as changes experienced in the past year including higher costs, fewer doctors and more.

12 Questions to Measure Population Health Management

 title= The most encouraging post-ACA metrics have been achieved by healthcare organizations that customize a model or intervention to better serve their population’s needs. Healthcare Innovation in Action: 19 Transformative Trends examines a set of pioneering efforts supporting the industry’s seismic shift from a volume-based culture to one rewarding value and patient-centeredness.

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Infographic: 17 States Hinder Consumers from Getting Help in Health Insurance Marketplaces

November 15th, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will ideally make it easier and less expensive to obtain healthcare, yet there are still several barriers to care in the foreseeable future.

Seventeen states have passed laws restricting navigators and others trained to help consumers learn about and enroll in the ACA’s health insurance marketplaces, according to a new infographic from the Commonwealth Fund. This infographic identifies those states, as well as how specific states will be affected by these laws.

17 States Hinder Consumers From Getting Help in the Health Insurance Marketplaces

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Healthcare Business Week in Review: Affordable Care Act, Medical Apps, Cardiac Care Costs

October 4th, 2013 by Cheryl Miller

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Technological problems hindered aspects of the October 1st rollout of the new health insurance exchanges — both at the state and federal level. According to New York Times reports, some aspects of the eagerly awaited exchanges in several states, including Oregon, Colorado, District of Columbia and Nevada, may not be fully operational for weeks and even months, with some officials referring to October as a “soft launch” period.

Last week, the Obama administration acknowledged it will not be ready to accept online applications from small businesses when the program officially launches October 1st.

Once fully operable, the exchanges, one-stop online shopping sites for consumers’ health insurance needs, will enable consumers to comparison shop for health benefits much like they do now for airline tickets or hotel rooms, and see if they qualify for tax credits. Plans are categorized according to levels of coverage and co-pays, and no one can be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. There will be a six-month open enrollment period that runs through March 2014, and coverage should begin as early as January 1st.

Smart phones can now diagnose abnormal heart rhythms, act as ultrasound devices, or function as the “central command” for a glucose meter used by a person with insulin-dependent diabetes. To ensure that patients’ safety isn’t compromised for the sake of technological innovation, the FDA is clamping down on those apps considered dangerous. The agency has cleared about 100 mobile medical applications over the past decade; about 40 of those were cleared in the past two years.

The costs of patient care after heart attacks, continues to climb, according to a new study from the University of Michigan (U-M) Frankel Cardiovascular Center. Despite advancements in cardiac care and increases in less invasive procedures to treat symptoms, including more angioplasty instead of open heart surgery, hospital stays have decreased by just one day. Medicare spending to treat heart attack patients rose by 16.5 percent between 1998 and 2008, with the majority of costs incurred weeks after patients left the hospital.

According to researchers from the NYU School of Medicine, elderly nursing home residents with advanced dementia who were enrolled in a Medicare managed care insurance plan were more likely to have do-not-hospitalize orders and less likely to be hospitalized for acute illness than those residents enrolled in traditional Medicare. The frail elderly received more nursing home-based primary care visits every 90 days, and more nursing home-based nurse practitioner visits in general. The extra individual attention precluded the need for more acute treatment, and resulted in less aggressive, more humane end-of-life care.

And lastly, sophisticated analytics behind today’s health risk assessments or health risk appraisals (HRAs) provide employers, payors and providers an aggregate view of population health and the raw material for the development of prevention and lifestyle change programs. Tell us how your organization uses HRAs to improve population health on our Health Risks Assessments online survey by October 15, 2013 and get a FREE executive summary of the compiled results

Infographic: A 50-State Look at Medicaid Expansion

July 31st, 2013 by Jackie Lyons

Health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program is expanding under the Affordable Care Act. New individuals and populations will be covered by Medicaid due to changes in national eligibility limits.

The federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs of Medicaid expansion in 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to a new infographic from Families USA. This infographic provides facts on where states stand on Medicaid expansion, along with a brief analysis on two states to watch.

A 50-State Look at Medicaid Expansion

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Aftermath of SCOTUS Healthcare Reform Ruling: The Country Reacts

June 29th, 2012 by Patricia Donovan

From retailers to religious groups to every sector of the healthcare industry, reactions were immediate, passionate and divided to yesterday’s Supreme Court validation of the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare.

The highest court in the country upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate built into the healthcare reform bill, but rejected the law’s right to penalize states that choose not to participate in new Medicaid programs by taking away their existing Medicaid funding.

Many states and healthcare organizations were waiting for the ruling before deciding whether to implement the many programs spelled out in the Affordable Care Act.

Here are excerpts from official statements published around the Web yesterday:

American Medical Association

“…We are pleased that this decision means millions of Americans can look forward to the coverage they need to get healthy and stay healthy….This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies. The expanded health care coverage upheld by the Supreme Court will allow patients to see their doctors earlier rather than waiting for treatment until they are sicker and care is more expensive. The decision upholds funding for important research on the effectiveness of drugs and treatments and protects expanded coverage for prevention and wellness care, which has already benefited about 54 million Americans…” (Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, president)

Restore America’s Voice Foundation

“The Court threaded a Constitutional needle in redefining the individual mandate as a federal tax. It’s disappointing but not the final recourse for the American people. Now it is time for the legislature to do its job representing the will of the American people for full and final repeal of this ill-considered legislation…It must be repealed in its entirety or Senate Democrats will have to go home and explain their flawed definition of faithful representation. If they won’t represent the will of the people, then how have they earned the right to serve?” (Ken Hoagland, chairman)

Kaiser Permanente

“Today’s Supreme Court decision on the federal healthcare reform law resolves much of the legal uncertainty over implementation of the law’s provisions. While acknowledging that political uncertainty still remains, in the interest of our members we plan to continue our extensive reform implementation efforts, which began two years ago when the law first became effective. We want our members to know that they need not be concerned about any disruption of their coverage resulting from the Supreme Court’s decision today…” (Unattributed, published as “Our Point of View”)

America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP)

“…Health plans will continue to work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to make coverage more affordable, give families and employers peace of mind, and promote choice and competition. Health plans also will continue to lead efforts to reform the payment and delivery system to promote prevention and wellness, help patients and physicians manage chronic disease, and reward quality care.” (Karen Ignagni, AHIP president and CEO)

Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)

“We are enormously pleased that the Supreme Court recognized the importance of the Affordable Care Act to millions of Americans and upheld the law, though it is disappointing that the ruling also weakened a provision supporting Medicaid expansion. (Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO)

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH)

“We are pleased by the Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate, which will broadly expand health care coverage. We also are pleased that the decision retains other positive elements of the ACA, including initiatives to promote innovation, preventive care, and community-based collaborations. But our initial assessment of the decision leaves us concerned by its potential to limit Medicaid expansion, which could strand millions of our most disadvantaged people without access to basic health care coverage.” (Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, NAPH president and chief executive officer)

National Retail Federation:

“As the voice of retailers of all types and sizes, we’re disappointed by today’s ruling. The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law. As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs. For these reasons, NRF has been a consistent skeptic of the Affordable Care Act….Although the Court upheld the law’s constitutionality, many problems remain: it penalizes employers too much; it doesn’t do enough to reduce the cost of healthcare; and it is unreasonably complicated and difficult to implement and administer…This law will have a dramatic, negative impact on every employer and employee in the United States and further constrain job creation and economic growth.” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay

National Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod

“In light of today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), we remain opposed to the controversial birth control mandate, which is one of the requirements included in the law. The Court’s decision today guarantees that we will continue to bring awareness to the threat to religious liberty represented by the birth control mandate, which requires virtually all health plans, including those of religious organizations, to cover birth control drugs and products that could cause the death of the unborn. We are opposed to the birth control mandate because it runs counter to the biblical truth of the sanctity of human life and creates a conflict of conscience for religious employers and insurers, who face steep penalties for non-compliance based upon their religious convictions. (Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president)

American Hospital Association (AHA)

“Today’s historic decision lifts a heavy burden from millions of Americans who need access to health coverage. The promise of coverage can now become a reality. The decision means that hospitals now have much-needed clarity to continue on their path toward transformation.” (AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCSA)

“BCBSA has long been committed to ensuring everyone has high quality, affordable healthcare coverage. We will continue to implement the law while working with policymakers to fix provisions that will increase costs, such as the health insurance tax that will add hundreds of dollars to families’ premiums each year. On behalf of our 100 million members, Blue companies will continue to lead efforts in their local communities — partnering with doctors, nurses, hospitals and others — to rein in costs, improve quality, help people stay well and better manage their care when they need it.” (President and CEO Scott P. Serota)