Despite the popularity of Medicare Advantage plans, research has called into question whether they serve sicker beneficiaries as well as those who are healthy, according to a post for the New York Times' The Upshot.
Federal officials have allowed more than 15,000 Medicare Advantage members to use special enrollment periods to change plans or join traditional Medicare in the last eight months because of "significant" provider cuts in their plans' networks.
Though the federal government has stepped back from its proposal to implement additional network adequacy regulations for Affordable Care Act plans, it will move forward with its initiative to provide Healthcare.gov shoppers with information about health plans' network breadth.
With consumerism now a game-changing reality in the healthcare industry, payers must align their business strategies to focus on their customers as both members and patients, according to a new report from IDC Health Insights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.