Health Reform

From ACO Business News - Amid growing questions about the short- and long-term viability of the federal Medicare Pioneer initiative and Medicare Shared Savings Programs (MSSP) (ABN 10/14, p. 1), Sharp HealthCare stands out as a company that’s making accountable care work — but couldn’t make it work in the federal programs. Sharp’s results in Pioneer were good — excellent, in fact, says Alison Fleury, the provider’s vice president of business development. Read more

From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - Armed with experience from last year’s open-enrollment period — and a fresh round of funding from HHS — navigators and in-person assisters are going after the uninsured population that they were unable to reach or unable to motivate last year. But they face some daunting challenges. While the start of the open-enrollment period is just a couple weeks away, only 10% of the nation’s uninsured are aware of it, according… 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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