Health Reform

From ACO Business News - Even as aerospace giant Boeing Co. contracts directly with two provider organizations to offer its employees the choice of less-expensive accountable care arrangements (ABN 7/14, p. 1), many employers remain skeptical of ACOs and are focused more on price than on quality of care, top insurer executives say. Employer attitudes on value-based care will impact both providers and insurers who are struggling with health system transformation away from fee-for-service and toward a system that rewards results, not volume, the executives told attendees Nov. Read more

From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - A Congress soon to be led by a party opposed to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — combined with the Supreme Court’s recent decision to take on a controversial provision of the law — could give federally facilitated exchange (FFE) states a strong financial incentive to transition to a “supported state-based marketplace” model (HEX 9/4/14, p. 1). It also could lead to some political battles and bargaining with the White… Read more

Health Reform Blog

By Steve Davis - October 6, 2014
Many carriers that watched from the sidelines a year ago will jump into the insurance exchange game when open enrollment kicks off Nov. 15. But it was one carrier’s decision to drop out that grabbed headlines last month. Obamacare critics were quick to point to the decision as proof that the...
By Steve Davis - July 9, 2014
Are private insurance exchanges the future of employer-sponsored benefits? Health insurers appear to think so. And while interest in the concept still far outweighs action among employers, that could change quickly. Large employers see private exchanges as a strategy that could help them avoid the...
By Steve Davis - June 5, 2014
The idea of an insurance marketplace for small employers was included in the Affordable Care Act in response to a perceived demand from small employers. But employers didn’t seem too put off last year when HHS said it would delay the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for a year in states...

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