04/29/2013 - Hosts Brent Macy, Managing Director with The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC), and Ron Bachman, Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board, speak with Cecily Hall, Executive Vice President, MedEncentive. Cecily talks about her FORUM workshop "Achieving the Triple Aim by Triangulating the Interests of Payors, Providers and Patients".
04/29/2013 - For more than 30 years I have had the privilege of sharing candid personal insights with stakeholders about the status of the TPA industry, employee benefits marketplace, and always-swirling government environment. My reports and predictions have sometimes seemed wild, but I am amazed that they have had about a 90
04/16/2013 - Hosts Doug Field, CEO of The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC), and Ron Bachman, Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board, talk with Dr. Wendy Lynch, Co-Director, Center for Consumer Choice in Health Care at Altarum. This discussion focuses on how to create better consumers of health care.
03/19/2013 - KHN: NorthBay Adventure is the kind of small business that could be expected to buy medical insurance for workers under sweeping health-act rules taking effect in 2014. But executive director George Comfort says that’s not likely to happen.
03/13/2013 - KHN: In recent years, consumers have increasingly been encouraged by employers and insurers to help control rising health care costs by avoiding unnecessary tests, buying generic drugs and reducing visits to the emergency room, among other things.
02/27/2013 - In his February 23, 2013 article in the New York Times, Richard Thaler, noted professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, makes several suggestions on how to improve US health care.
02/11/2013 - Remember when you were a kid and someone asked you if you wanted to play “fifty-two pick up” with your new deck of cards? He would throw them all into the air and you would pick them up. Fun!
02/08/2013 - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to help low- and moderate-income Americans afford coverage. While subsidies will help many people purchase coverage, millions of individuals and families are not eligible for subsidies and, for those that are eligible, the amount of the subsidy declines
02/05/2013 - KHN: For years, we've been hearing that health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act are going to be "online marketplaces, like Travelocity" where people will buy health policies like plane tickets. But a consumer focus group in Colorado suggests people are going to want something more like TurboTax.
02/05/2013 - The Supreme Court decision last June removed the remaining obstacles blocking implementation of health care reform. Prior to the ruling, many employers took a “wait and see” approach and were left scrambling to qualify and quantify how those aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010
02/05/2013 - Private health insurance exchanges or “private exchanges” have been a very hot topic since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. While private exchanges did exist prior to the ACA, the health care reform law gave them new life—one that is on pace to be a prominent
02/05/2013 - Much of the hubbub in health care these days centers on the creation of public health insurance exchanges in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. But another, potentially groundbreaking shift is under way in the private sector, with the formation of so-called private exchanges.
01/24/2013 - Facing a presidential veto pen blocking repeal of ObamaCare, the House is working to defund, dismantle, and delay implementation of the unpopular health overhaul law to avert at least some of its damage in the near term.