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HIX premiums to remain steady for 2015, study finds

Health insurance premiums for health plans participating in the Affordable Care Act exchanges over its first year have remained fairly steady, according to a Kaiser analysis of 2015 premium changes.

Pharmacy group comes down on health plans

To provide for a smooth transition from coverage to care at the start of the 2015 plan year, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores urged the federal government to require that health plans provide nightly updates to patient eligibility files. This is just one of many actions the group wants health plans to take to help beneficiaries during the upcoming enrollment process. 

Selecting providers based on cash bids could cut costs

Providers who give payers and patients cash-pay options for care can save all parties money, says healthcare economist Peter Boland.

Non-medical patient education: 3 strategies to help the newly insured

If you think your office staff is confused by all the new Affordable Care Act-driven health insurance products streaming into your practice, just imagine how overwhelming it is for patients...

Hospitals concerned about virtual credit card payments

Some health plans use so-called virtual credit cards when paying hospitals for claims, subjecting the providers to significant fees associated with such transactions,  AHA News Now  reported.

ACA expands coverage, but will consumers be able to pay the bill?

Although the Affordable Care Act will add tens of millions of Americans to the insurance rolls over the next several years, many will still be burdened by medical debts due to high deductibles and co-payments.

Practices taking 'cautious approach' to ACA exchanges

According to research announced during a press briefing at the Medical Group Management Association's annual conference in San Diego, 40 percent of more than 1,000 practices surveyed are awaiting more detailed information about exchange reimbursement and administration before agreeing to contracts. 

Health insurers fall short in using mobile tools to engage consumers

Though many health plans offer mobile apps, only 22 percent allow consumers to access data on the mobile Web. The data is based on a ranking of the top 100 U.S. health insurance companies and how they engage with consumers to manage their own health. 

UPS drops coverage for employee spouses

United Parcel Service is dropping coverage for its employees' spouses who are eligible for health plans through their own employers, the company said in a memo to employees obtained by Kaiser Health News/USA Today.

Vanguard, Tufts launch CO-OP health plan

Vanguard Health System, Tufts Medical Center and its New England Quality Care Alliance physicians' group have formed a consumer operated and oriented plan (CO-OP) health plan with an $88.5 million loan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.