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March 14, 2017

Hot Topic

This week the focus is on cutting administrative costs, as Blue Shield of California inked a deal to save millions by moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Oakland, Calif. Here’s a look at insurers’ cost-cutting strategies.

No Matter Who Wins the Nov. Election, Health Plans Face a Year for Cutting Costs
Health Plan Week

With an Eye on Trimming Admin Costs, Plans Outsource, Automate
Health Plan Week

Employers Are Streamlining Health Benefits, Spurring Health Plans to Action
Health Plan Week

 
Today's AIS Health Datapoint

$4,759.52 ... is the average individual in-network deductible for Centene Corporation's on-exchange silver plans. The average out-of-pocket amount for these plans is $6,605.71.

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Quote of the Day

“When it’s difficult to submit the needed information, or when response times are poor, or the criteria aren’t spelled out clearly, it is frustrating for clinicians and patients. The lack of transparency gets in the way of making [step therapy] a part of sensible prescribing practices.”

— Michael Fischer, M.D., a physician in the division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoenomics at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and coauthor of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association about step therapy, tells Health Plan Week.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "More States Look to Enact Step-Therapy Laws, but Rules May Have Limited Impact" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)

 

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