From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - In the July 3 issue of HEX, we profiled several health plans that have launched a proprietary private insurance exchange (HEX 7/3/14, p. 3). For this issue, we zero in on Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Along with dominating the government-run public health insurance exchanges, a majority of Blues plans have launched their own private exchange. Read more
From ACO Business News - Accountable care organizations can save significant money if their patients are more engaged than average, but having engaged and activated patients isn’t enough — the ACO physicians must be well prepared to work with those patients. That’s the word from a panel of patient engagement and activation patients who spoke at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit, sponsored by Global Health Care LLC. Timothy Ferris, M.D., vice president of population health… Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Two months after advocacy group Families USA urged HHS to extend future enrollment periods to better align with tax-filing season, a new study examines psychological barriers that could keep some enrollees from buying health coverage before the Feb. 15, 2015, enrollment deadline. Tax preparation firms tell HEX that there are several reasons HHS should permanently move the deadline into April. Read more
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