From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Carriers that priced their products too high for the 2014 plan year are proposing lower — in some cases substantially lower — rate hikes than competitors. And that premium right-sizing actually could translate to higher premiums as well as smaller federal premium subsidies for members unless they switch plans, according to an analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health. For carriers, the change in pricing could negatively impact renewals. Read more
From ACO Business News - Most value-based contracts with commercial insurers still feature shared savings and rewards for higher quality, but payers are eager to evolve those agreements so that they include more risk for primary care providers, and also begin to include specialists. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Despite still modest enrollment — and trepidation among both employers and health plan operators — industry observers see private insurance exchanges as the future of employer-sponsored benefits. Within the next four years, enrollment is expected to balloon more than tenfold. But health plans could see new competitors on the exchanges. An estimated 3 million people now receive employer-sponsored benefits through a private exchange, according to a report released June 12 by… Read more
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