Although Medicare began paying for weight loss counseling three years ago and about 30 percent of Medicare members were eligible for the services, less than 1 percent of members have actually used the benefit. Here are three ways a weight loss counseling program can fail.
Consumers don't know what health services or procedures cost, so they can't make informed decisions about where and whether they receive care. As it turns out, there are many ways for consumers to get pricing information. So if these tools exist, why don't consumers use them?
Enrollment in consumer-driven health plans continues to grow, while HMO and PPO enrollment is one the decline. Consulting firm Mercer offers three factors that are contributing to the shift.
Hudson Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicaid plan owned by MVP Health Care, is taking steps to ensure its members get important preventive health screenings like mammograms. Since 2012, the Hudson Valley-based insurer's customer service representatives have been calling members to encourage them to get their mammograms. And to incentivize their members, Hudson Health gives them a $25 gift card when they undergo a mammogram.
The second open enrollment period for health insurance exchanges began Saturday with an overall smooth rollout, though some consumers reported challenges signing up and some states had to deal with unexpected glitches.
As the next enrollment period for the health insurance exchanges opens in a few days, insurers are up against several obstacles as they attempt to sign up consumers, reported The Hill's Healthwatch.
Aetna's recent announcement that it's acquiring the private health insurance exchange company Bswift could have big implications for the health insurance industry as more insurers turn their focus on private exchanges, reported Health Data Management.
Blue Cross Blue Shield plans across the country are taking a wide range of steps to ensure they sign up a large number of consumers this upcoming enrollment period, reported AIS Health.
Wellness prorams in the workplace, like the one New Jersey-based Honeywell is planning to implement next year, can penalize employees for not participating, according to a federal judge's decision, Business Insurance reported.
A slight majority (51 percent) of consumers who enrolled in plans sold on the federal health insurance exchange last year say they won't be signing up again on Healthcare.gov, according to a new Bankrate Health Insurance Pulse survey.