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AHIP 2018 discussion dominated by social determinants of health

AHIP 2018 discussion dominated by social determinants of health

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 22, 2018

AHIP's focus on issues like food, housing and transportation—factors experts say have a profound impact on a patient's health—showed insurers are beginning to pay attention to what happens outside of the hospital, even if returns are still hard to measure.

Insurers downplay mandate repeal's effect, but still raise premiums

Insurers downplay mandate repeal's effect, but still raise premiums

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 05, 2018

Some health insurers have said they don't expect many members to drop coverage once the individual mandate penalty is zeroed out. But they still may raise 2019 premiums because of effects on the ACA's risk-adjustment program.

Ups and downs of insurer-physician consolidation

Ups and downs of insurer-physician consolidation

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 02, 2018

Health insurers have been buying physician practices for decades. The Affordable Care Act was expected to prompt a surge of such purchases. While that never fully materialized, some pretty significant deals emerged.

ER spending rises with increasing prices, severity of visits

ER spending rises with increasing prices, severity of visits

By Shelby Livingston  |  May 30, 2018

Emergency department spending per member nearly doubled from 2009 to 2016 as the severity of ED visits and the prices associated with those visits increased, new data from the Health Care Cost Institute shows.

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