Highmark, UPMC seek double-digit rate hikes on ACA plans; The intersection of payment, benefit designs

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> For its Affordable Care Act marketplace plans in 2017, Highmark is seeking premium increases averaging 48 percent, while UPMC Health Plan has requested increases averaging 16 percent, the TribLive reports. Article

> Sixty-eight percent of healthcare industry experts polled in a recent Leavitt Partners survey said they believe the consolidation of state insurance markets is likely to increase, yet 49 percent said increased payer concentration offers little benefit to consumers. Results

> A new post on the Health Affairs Blog explains how payment and benefit designs interact in healthcare. Post

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> Common misperceptions persist regarding the role of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys, Medicare officials write in a commentary for the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

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