HMO cost trends lower than PPOs; uptake stalls in consumer-driven health plans
Milliman, Inc.'s, 2006 Group Health Insurance Survey suggests the nation's health plan premium trend continues to slow-good news for purchasers and consumers, but likely a challenge for capitated providers who have grown accustomed to seeing healthy increases in their PMPM rates during the past few years. Health plans are certain to demand that provider organizations that accept capitation focus even more on controlling costs, even as physicians face rising expenses related to medical management and information technology.
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