National health spending in the year ending November 2017 was nearly $3.56 trillion, up 4.5 percent from the same period one year prior, according to an Altarum report.
The CDC released a report Integrating & Expanding Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Data: Lessons from Nine States detailing a promising strategy for addressing the prescription opioid overdose epidemic. The study focused on improving the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)...
The results from a recently released report identified promising results in some of 26 state workers’ compensation systems. Using data comprising over 400,000 nonsurgical injured worker compensation claims with more than seven days of lost time, and over 2 million prescriptions are associated with these claims from 26 states, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) observed considerable decreases in the prevalence of longer-term dispensing of opioids to injured workers in a number of states studied.
Blue Shield of California saw opioid use drop among its plan participants with non-cancer pain during the first two years of the health plan's Narcotic Safety Initiative, a three-year program to help its members avoid opioid abuse and addiction.
Health plans create best practices and lead with concrete strategies for preventing opioid overuse. The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) recently issued a report detailing the innovations and best practices of its member Health Plans in their efforts to combat opioid misuse and overuse. The opioid epidemic led to an estimated 33,000 deaths and more than 300,000 emergency room visits in 2015, and recognized as a subject of intense debate on Capitol Hill and in statehouses around the country.
Provider-sponsored health plans struggle through the ever-changing political environment. For providers hoping to get a handle on healthcare costs and supplement their own medical data with claims data, launching a health plan has been a strategic move.
Payer Success Cases focus on tangible and continuous improvements. In January 2017, the healthcare industry saw the release of a white paper...
American Health Policy Institute's released a report describing its work with VBID (Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model) Health. Payers reduce wasteful spending in a number of common sense ways.
Recent articles identified the transition to value-based care as a significant factor for driving up HEDIS scores. Payers can hold providers accountable on how to quantifiably improve health outcomes.
Athena Health recently published the 2016 edition of PayerView, a in-depth review of the biggest payers in their network. Athena Health identifies the shift to value based care and healthcare reform as the biggest challenges to everyone for payers to providers.