More Americans comparison-shop for their auto mechanics than for their doctors. Yet, prices for health care services vary greatly within geographic areas and are not consistently linked to quality. This indicates that if consumers were empowered to choose high value providers and services, they could receive better care and save money. Within the U.S., the increasing prevalence of high deductible health plans and health savings accounts along with continued upward price trends makes it imperative for consumers to spend their health care dollars wisely. Lack of price and quality transparency presents a major barrier to consumer engagement. Access to information is only a first step, though. Value-based insurance design, which aligns consumers’ incentives with value, can further improve health care outcomes and affordability.
Archives for April 2017
NCHC’s response to the Request for Information on “2017 Transformation Ideas” for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs
NCHC is a proud supporter of S. 464, the Independence at Home (IAH) Act, bipartisan legislation recently introduced by Senators Markey (D-MA), Portman (R-OH), Bennet (D-CO), and Cornyn (R-TX). Our organizational allies recently published a website to assist supporters of the legislation in mobilizing their grassroots to ask Senators to co-sponsor the bill. S. 464 expands […]
The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) is a national trade association representing the interests of more than seventeen million enrollees—approximately half of all individuals enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans—through not-for-profit Safety Net Health Plans. ACAP is dedicated to bolstering these Safety Net Health Plans with the mission of improving the health of lower-income […]
Former Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office Director Melanie Bella said if officials overhaul the Medicaid program, this move will greatly impact Medicare beneficiaries. Ms. Bella discussed an overhaul’s impact during a briefing that National Coalition on Health Care, a nonpartisan organization, hosted on April 10, 2017.