These companies' population health-style efforts are being emulated by hospital systems, but progress has been slow and spotty.
Job-based insurance premiums rose modestly this year, continuing a yearslong stretch of relatively low premium increases. But there's a trade-off: Average annual deductibles have risen.
The Senate's health committee is questioning the government's role in helping patients understand what they should pay for their healthcare—and whether Congress can change the incentives in a complex system that doesn't encourage shopping.
A Senate proposal would take aim at hospital balance billing—a practice that has caused sticker-shock reverberations across the country and sparked increasing public outcry.
Two health insurance startups that are ditching high-deductible plans in favor of straightforward copays illustrate a growing sentiment that having patients pay more out of pocket won't tame rising healthcare costs and could harm patients' health.
Although 16 states have all-payer claims databases, there's no evidence they have helped lower healthcare costs. Advocates say the databases should empower lawmakers and consumers by providing reliable data.
Two-thirds of the health systems analyzed in a new report saw operating income fall as revenue reduction outpaced cost-cutting. The largest for-profit systems experienced the steepest declines.
The price of insulin in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012 alone. That's put the life-saving hormone out of reach for some people with diabetes. It has left others scrambling for solutions to afford the one thing they need to live.
Back surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery and back pain is the most common ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists. More than $90 billion a year is spent on low-back pain alone.
Community opponents of two pending healthcare mergers need to ask themselves whether antitrust enforcement is really the best approach for lowering healthcare costs.
Giving providers cost and risk information at the point of care might lead to fewer unnecessary tests and lower costs.
A Navigant study found 24% of academic medical centers received penalties for their performance on three of the CMS' value-based payment programs in fiscal 2018 while 13.7% of community hospitals received penalties.