Kathy Hempstead explores why health spending is on the rise again in a new commentary looking at Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending trend data. While overall spending is still on the high side at 6.6 percent, the growth in drug spending has declined. Kathy notes the Altarum data indicate a “resolution of temporary cost drivers” is essential in order to stay within the more moderate regions of health care spending growth that we have experienced over the past few years.
October 7, 2015
In a new Health Affairs blog, Kathy Hempstead and Emily King explore what state policies could influence 2016 health insurance rates for marketplace plans. The authors look at the policies where states differ including plan design and managing the participation of carriers in the marketplace. They find that, on average, premiums rose the most in federally facilitated marketplace states, and declined most in state-based marketplace states. However, their research also suggests many other factors affect premiums, including local health care prices and population characteristics.
October 5, 2015
A new ACAView report from athenahealth shows primary care physicians (PCPs) and surgeons are collecting more in reimbursement since implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially those in states that did not expand Medicaid. From 2013-14, PCPs in states that did not expand Medicaid saw their reimbursement collections increase 3.3 percent. In states that expanded Medicaid, the increase was 3.0 percent. For surgeons, reimbursement collections increased 4.0 percent in non-expansion states and 2.0 percent in expansion states. The authors say the increase is largely due to an increase in reimbursement rates.
October 1, 2015
The Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending tracks national health spending, prices, utilization and jobs through their monthly Health Sector Trend Reports.Learn more
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.
The Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute conducts research on the complex and developing relationship between state and federal oversight of health insurance markets.Learn more
National Association of Insurance Commissioners data from health, life, fraternal, and property/casualty carriers include information on number of policies, federal and state taxes, health premiums earned, and more.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
Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX) 2.0 tracks each state's key ACA implementation decisions and examines variation in exchanges—starting with governance as well as consumer assistance, benefit design, and more.Learn more
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In order to get a full picture of the lives of the uninsured and explore their feelings around enrolling in health insurance, RWJF commissioned a national survey, conducted by PerryUndem and GMMB, with uninsured adults at the conclusion of the second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace.
A new report from the Urban Institute and Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute looks at recent trends in small-business health insurance, including the effects of new incentives created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Through interviews with stakeholders from AR, MT, NM, PA, and VT, and health coverage trends, 2017 may be marked by big changes in the small-group health insurance market. The authors find relatively few employers have taken advantage of SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program), the ACA-established program allowing them to more easily compare and purchase health coverage for their workers.
September 29, 2015
New data briefs from the Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey show barriers to care remain even as many gain insurance coverage. The first brief finds one in four insured, disabled Americans has been unable to afford care or experienced trouble with their health plan, refusing payment in the past 12 months, compared to 13.6 percent of insured Americans without a disability. A second brief finds that low-income, insured individuals are nearly four times as likely as their higher-income counterparts to have trouble finding a doctor.
September 28, 2015