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At-risk patients gain attention of health insurers

The New York Times, February 29, 2012

One percent of patients account for more than 25 percent of health care spending among the privately insured, according to a new study. Studies have already shown that Medicare spending is concentrated on a small group of individuals who are seriously ill. But an analysis by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the research arm of IMS Health, a health information company in Danbury, Conn., provides a rare glimpse into the medical problems of people with private health insurance who are under 65. About three-quarters of them suffer from at least one chronic condition that could spiral out of control without proper care.