Provider Networks

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AHIP: Out-of-network bills vary greatly nationwide

The amount providers bill consumers for out-of-network care varies greatly from state to state,  according to an analysis from America's Health Insurance Plans, findings the group says underscore the value of health plans' provider networks.   

Provider networks can help members obtain specialty care

Insurers' provider networks can help patients obtain safe and affordable specialty care when they include a range of specialty doctor and hospital groups with a history of delivering high quality care, according to a new report from America's Health Insurance Plans.

3 key reasons CMS overhauled MCO rule

Although insurers have already begun pushing back against proposed Medicaid managed care organization regulations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the rule so that it could catch existing regulation up with reality.

Use of tiered networks prompts hospitals to cut prices

Hospitals now operate in a world of increasingly narrow provider networks and tiered preferences. How do those elements impact their bottom line? They take a fairly significant bite, according to a recent study conducted by Harvard University on behalf of the Commonwealth Fund.

CMS tightens provider directory rules for 2016

Starting next year, health insurers must provide up-to-date doctor lists for their  Medicare Advantage and Healthcare.gov policies, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Medicare Advantage plans could lose members to feds

If Medicare Advantage plans drop significant amount of providers from their networks, their affected members can leave those plans and enroll instead in traditional Medicare.

OIG: Insurers' Medicaid provider directories are inaccurate

Medicaid insurers' provider directories include doctors who are unavailable, not accepting new patients or could not be found, says a report from the Office of the Inspector General.       

Company aims to help uninsured without actually insuring them

Health insurers have lots of competition vying for the same consumers, especially in the health insurance exchanges, but one non-traditional company could be looking to compete against traditional insurers in a whole new way.

Insurers: Clean up your provider networks

I have a friend, let's call her Amy, who casually told me last week how she struggled to find a pediatrician for her children since moving to our town. She said all the doctors she had called either weren't accepting new patients or "don't take Affordable Care Act plans."

Study: Medicare Advantage networks include many docs that aren't available

Medicare Advantage insurers "substantially overestimate" how many in-network dermatologists can treat patients in several different markets. Many of the doctors weren't actually available--including some that are dead, retired or not accepting new patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology.