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.
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."
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.
As Pennsylvania officials have attempted to force Highmark into expanding its Medicare Advantage network, Highmark pushed back by claiming that the state lacks authority over the federal program.
The U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services released a frequently-asked question document offering guidance on the use of reference pricing in non-grandfathered large group employer plans. This may be the first time the departments have tried to regulate group health plan network requirements under the Affordable Care Act according to a Health Affairs blog post by attorney Timothy Jost.
A think tank within the Department of Health and Human Services analyzed whether the agency should set new rules requiring stricter standards for provider networks on the health insurance exchanges, reported LifeHealthPro.
The pushback against narrow networks across the nation continues in the form of legal action as a consumer group filed lawsuits against Cigna and Blue Shield of California on Thursday.
There have been a lot of changes to Medicare Advantage plans of late--UnitedHealth dropped providers in Alabama, Humana lost a big provider contract and MVP Health Care is discontinuing two of its plans.
If insurers implement certain standards into their provider networks, they can help minority populations receive better care and thereby lower costs, according to a new issue brief from Families USA.
As the healthcare industry as a whole is moving toward a more consumer-centric mindset, this does not bode well for insurers who offer a list of only narrow-network providers.