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The future of the health insurance industry

The future of the health insurance industry is, in many ways, a mystery. Insurers won't cease to exist, but they'll likely be providing health insurance in a different way than they do now,  wri tes  Wendell Potter, a senior analyst at The Center for Public Integrity.

Holes in the argument for reference pricing

Reference pricing has been touted as a way to create provider competition in healthcare, but a recent Federal Trade Commission article argued this isn't the case.

Somebody, please, fix the broken healthcare payment system

I've written about this issue before, but it bears repeating: The health insurance industry must do something about its payment system. Let me paint you a picture that's indicative of the...

Companies look to eliminate the payer 'middle-man,' partner directly with ACOs

Insurers be warned: Many corporate executives are mulling whether they can provide their employees with higher-quality and more cost-effective healthcare without going through an insurance company.

Will Medicare reimburse end-of-life planning?

As  predi cted, the  American M edical Association  issued recommendations for Medicare to cover end-of-life discussions with patients, a change that could prompt physicians to initiate these conversations more often, according to an  arti cle  from the  New York Times.

Direct-pay practice: 3 steps to take before switching

Physicians increasingly explore new practice models to ease their financial strain and restore their satisfaction in medicine, but the process of actually making the switch (or starting a new practice) requires careful planning.   A recent  article  from  Medical Economics  provided three key successful transition steps

Insurers socked with $72M in extra taxes under healthcare reform

The 10 largest publicly traded insurers paid their top executives a combined $300 million in compensation last year. But because of a little-discussed provision in the Affordable Care Act, they also had to pay $72 million more than the year before in taxes, amounting to an additional $1.3 million in taxes per executive, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies.

Price transparency: a win-win for insurers and consumers

Price transparency is more than just an exercise in being up-front--it's imperative to improve the bottom line for any health insurer, says a new report from Families USA.

Get a good HIX compliance plan or lose money, Deloitte warns

Health plans participating in health insurance exchanges have a world of hurt coming if they fail to prepare for a complicated and changing regulatory environment--complete with tough enforcement action, a new Deloitte paper says.

Beware of lack of transparency in insurance websites

State insurance marketplaces need to improve functionality and transparency, says a new  report   from the Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.