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Health Pros Nudge Senate Toward Care Quality, Price Transparency

September 20, 2018 - Healthcare policymakers are hearing from industry leaders about how they can support better care quality and price transparency tools aimed at helping patients make informed decisions about their care. At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), industry leaders and policymakers alike agreed that price transparency is essential in this more...


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Health Payer Coverage Access Cuts Patient Financial Strains

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Patient access to comprehensive health payer coverage has reduced patients’ financial strains, according to new research from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. As patients gain access to...

Patients Say US Drug Prices “Unreasonable,” Need Gov’t Attention

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Seventy-seven percent of patients believe US drug prices are “unreasonable,” but most don’t approve of current government solutions to combat high drug costs, according to a recent survey conducted by NORC at the...

67% of Patients Worry About Surprise Medical Bills, Healthcare Costs

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Unexpected medical bills are the biggest healthcare and financial concern on patients’ minds, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey, which included responses from nearly 1,200 adult patients, found...

Complex Health Plan Benefits Give Rise to Surprise Medical Bills

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Fifty-seven percent of healthcare consumers have received a medical bill that they thought to be covered by their healthcare payers, according to a recent survey from NORC at the University of Chicago. Patients perceive these surprise...

Senate Moves Toward Drug Price Transparency in Consumer Ads

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Better drug price transparency in direct-to-consumer marketing plays a key role in a funding package that has recently passed in the Senate. In a bipartisan amendment funding both the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) and...

Refining Price Transparency Tools to Increase Patient Use, Cut Costs

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With patient financial responsibility posing a challenge throughout the healthcare industry, more healthcare experts are looking to price transparency to help patients make healthcare decisions and potentially decrease healthcare...

How Medication Overutilization Drives Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs

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Medication overutilization is costing patients thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket healthcare costs, according to a recent report from the AARP. Specifically, unnecessarily prolonged prescription of dementia medications is running up a...

Retail Chain Deals to Improve Patient Care Access, Care Coordination

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A new partnership between healthcare payer Anthem and Walmart will improve patient care and more affordable access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The program, set to launch in January 2019, will allow beneficiaries of...

Healthcare Costs Limit Patient Access to Care for DoD Beneficiaries

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Patients enrolled in the Department of Defense’s military health plan are facing high healthcare costs, hampering adequate patient access to care and patient satisfaction, according to a recent survey from the Military Officers...

Patients Unprepared for Out-of-Pocket Costs for Long-Term Care

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Patients underestimate the financial responsibility associated with beginning long-term care, with many leaving themselves unprepared for the high out-of-pocket costs at long-term care facilities, according to a recent survey from Moll Law...

Point-of-Care Price Transparency Needed for Patient Care Access

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Three-quarters of patients experience “sticker shock” when prescribed a medication that was more expensive than they anticipated, according to a new survey from CoverMyMeds. These results highlight the need for better price...

Health Payer Introduces Price Shopping Tool to Drive Care Quality

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BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has launched a price shopping tool that allows patients to receive incentives for selecting what the insurer deems lower-cost and higher-quality healthcare services. Using the new...

Using Payment Plans to Ease Patient Financial Responsibility

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High patient financial responsibility has become known as one of the biggest barriers to patient care in the country. As patients rack up higher and higher medical bills, it is perhaps more attractive for the patient to skip out on care...

Patient Advocates Call for Drug Price Transparency in HHS Blueprint

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The Department of Health & Human Services’ plans to reduce out-of-pocket patient costs and address rising drug costs is on the right track, but requires some fixes to better guide patients when purchasing their medications,...

Patients Support Efforts to Cut Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for Seniors

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Patients largely support legislative measures that would stabilize the Medicare Part D program, stating that such measures could reduce rising patient financial responsibility and out-of-pocket drug costs, according to a Morning Consult...

Patient Billing, Financial Responsibility Frustrates 70% of Patients

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Despite increasing patient financial responsibility and healthcare costs, the medical industry is still not leveraging the best strategies for assisting patient billing, according to a new survey from InstaMed. The Trends in Healthcare...

Generic Prescription Drug Prices, Patient Cost-Sharing Increase

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Medicare Part D beneficiaries are paying more for generic prescription drugs, despite the fact that the market price for those drugs has remained unchanged, according to an analysis from Avalere. This trend is likely due to the tier these...

Proposed Drug Price Changes to Increase Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs

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Proposed amendments to drug price coverage could adversely impact patient out-of-pocket costs, causing some patients to pay more for their treatments than they had before, according to a recent analysis from Avalere. Earlier this month,...

High Drug Prices Account for One-Quarter of Patient Insurance Costs

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The majority of a patient insurance costs go toward paying for prescription drugs, with high drug prices accounting for 23.2 cents of each dollar spent on an insurance premium, according to a recent analysis from America’s Health...

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