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Large Employers Increasingly Leaning On Value-Based Contracts
Instead of looking to reduce demand by shifting costs to employees, large employers are increasingly hoping to constrain health insurance cost growth through value-based contracts with providers, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Business Group on Health.
High performance-networks, or narrow networks, declined in popularity from 26 percent to 19 percent, though the report added: "If health care cost trend begins to increase again, this may be one of the first areas employers go in to rein in costs."
The 1st Affordable Care Act Enrollment Season of the Trump Era Is Still a Mystery
As the fate of the Affordable Care Act dangled dramatically in the Senate last month, the Trump administration abruptly canceled contracts with two companies that have helped thousands of Americans in 18 cities find health plans under the law.
The suspension of the $22 million contracts, which ends enrollment fairs and insurance sign-ups in public libraries, is one of the few public signs of how an administration eager to kill the law will run the ACA's approaching fifth enrollment season.
Medicare Penalizing Most Hospitals For Patient Readmission Rates
Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge.
The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge.
Kaiser Health News reported that Medicare is punishing 2,573 hospitals nationally, just two dozen short of what it did last year, according to federal records.
CMS Issues Final IRF, SNF Rules
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued final rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018.
In accordance with the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, payment rates for both settings will see a 1 percent update over FY 2017 rates.
Why One Insurer's Collapse Could Whack Insurers, Policyholders Across the Country
Among all the reasons for rising health insurance premiums, this one might be the most obscure: A long-term care insurer in Pennsylvania just went belly-up.
Health insurers across the country are on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in losses stemming from the recent insolvency of Penn Treaty American Corp. of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and its two subsidiaries.
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