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'Dismal' Understanding of Health Plans Among Consumers

Margaret Dick Tocknell

Only 14% of consumers surveyed understand basic insurance terms such as "copayments," and "deductibles." They will make "disastrous decisions," when health insurance exchanges come online in a few weeks, says an economist and researcher. >>>

 

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Health Plan Premiums Rise Moderately

The weak economy, which has reduced healthcare service utilization, is cited as the leading contributor to moderate growth in health insurance premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation in its Employer Health Benefits Survey. >>>

1 in 5 Health Systems to Become Payers by 2018

Cost and reimbursement pressures, the explosion of boomers in the hospital patient mix, and the movement toward population health are spurring health systems to launch their own health insurance plans. >>>

Private HIX Pose Challenge to Public Health Insurance Exchanges

Private health insurance exchanges, embraced by both payers and employers, enable businesses to cap how much they spend on employee healthcare benefits. One report says enrollment in private HIX may exceed public by 10 million members in 2018. >>>

Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K

California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>

CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy

Payments from the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Program are "a good start," to help bolster physician pay, but primary care physicians consistently fall "below 50% of the average specialty incomes," says the head of the American Academy of Family Physicians. >>>

CFO Exchange: Healthcare Reform Breeds Innovation

Chief financial officers from some of the country's top hospitals and health systems meeting at HealthLeaders Media's third annual CFO Exchange shared the exciting and often frustrating adaptations they're making to accommodate healthcare reform. >>>

HIX Navigator Grants Get $67M Boost

States that have declined to set up their own health insurance exchanges will receive additional funds to help individuals work through online health plan options. >>>

HIX Ads Take Aim at Millenials

The White House is trying to creatively target young, healthy adults to persuade them to participate in health insurance exchanges. The NFL, NBA, and Oprah Winfrey were contacted, but none have signed a deal yet. Minnesota hopes it has better luck with Paul Bunyan. >>>



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News Headlines

Study: Low prices seen luring young adults to Obamacare

Reuters, August 21, 2013

RI health marketplace releases plan rates, details

Boston.com / Associated Press, August 21, 2013

Sebelius: Talk on healthcare plan up to TX

The Kansas City Star, August 20, 2013

Scammers prey on confusion about healthcare overhaul in CA

San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 2013

States predict more insurance customers

USA Today, August 20, 2013

Study: Employer mandate delay to have minor effect on Obamacare

The Hill, August 20, 2013

HHS offering prizes for videos promoting Obamacare

Kaiser Health News, August 20, 2013

Hospitals may absorb risk of insurers' debtor patients

Bloomberg, August 19, 2013

Obamacare tougher to launch than Medicare

Politico, August 19, 2013

Defunding Obamacare won't stop it entirely

HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2013



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Webcast: Physician Compensation Models and Metrics Under Population-Based Reimbursement

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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New Approaches to Patient Experience

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