New data suggest the rate of growth in health care spending is rising with the largest gains attributable to prescription drug spending. Kathy Hempstead explores the data as part of her series on the Altarum monthly trend report, finding prescription drug spending grew by 11 percent in 2014 compared to 2.5 percent in 2013.
March 26, 2015
A new report by athenahealth shows that a year after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansion provisions took effect, physicians have not experienced a sharp increase in new or sick patients scheduling appointments. In fact, in 2014 there was only a very small increase in new patients while the percentage of patients with complex medical needs decreased.
March 25, 2015
A new interactive website from the Urban Institute provides the first in-depth look at the state of health insurance marketplace enrollment for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The site includes several user-friendly tools that visitors can use to see the number of people who signed up for a plan in 2015 through healthcare.gov or a website created by a state, compared to signups in 2014, and the percentage increase in signups from 2014 to 2015 for each state, among other data points.
March 24, 2015
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ACAView assesses the impact of the ACA on provider access, patient financial obligation, health status of new patients, physician revenue cycle, and provider reimbursement.Learn more
Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Compare compiles information on benefits and costs of health plans offered through the marketplaces in all 50 states and DC. It includes data on premiums, network composition, deductibles, and more.
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania provides insight into what health insurance exchange features are most effective and what factors explain state variation.Learn more
The Hospital ACA Monitoring Project (HAMP) provides quarterly hospital utilization data from 24 state hospital associations on all inpatient admissions and emergency departement (ED) visits by payer.Learn more
The State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), located at the University of Minnesota, helps states to monitor rates of health insurance coverage and provides technical assistance.Learn more
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March 19, 2015
A new brief from the Urban Institute finds that premiums for the lowest-cost ‘silver plans’ offered through insurance marketplaces increased 2.9 percent nationally, on average, from 2014 to 2015. The authors report increases were generally modest, and in some cases, premiums decreased in cost. The brief provides information on the change in price for the lowest-priced silver plans in 2014 and 2015 for every state and rating region in the U. S., as well as in select major cities and rural areas.
March 17, 2015