McKinsey & Company recently released an analysis of 2017 exchange plan designs across the U.S.
Here are some key findings from the report:
||HMOs will comprise 62% of all plans for 2017.
||68% of consumers will have access to competitively priced managed plans only.
||The lowest-price silver plan premium will increase 9% for managed plans in 2017.
||82% of consumers will have access to both managed and unmanaged plans in 2017.
||For unmanaged plans, the lowest-price silver plan premium increase will be 18%.
||97% of national plans will be managed in 2017, up from 62% in 2014.
Source: McKinsey & Company, August 2016
According to a recent Vanson Bourne Global Data Protection Index:
10% of organizations are considered ,ahead of the curve, in data maturity.
8% of U.S. businesses are ,ahead of the curve,, the study found.
56% of organizations keep the IT environment on premise, while 29% use a public cloud.
27% of respondents indicated they would use backups for data protection.
20% indicated it would be easier to achieve backup and service-level agreements for disaster recovery.
The U.S. is ranked 14 of 18 countries when it comes to data maturity.
Source: U.S. Healthcare Industry Lagging on Data Protection, Healthcare IT News, August 22, 2016
According to a recent survey, 79% of respondents supported the proposed Precision Medicine Initiative’s planned national cohort study, which aims to tailor targeted treatments to specific diseases, and 54% said they would definitely or probably participate if asked. Source: “A Survey of U.S Adults’ Opinions about Conduct of a Nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Study of Genes and Environment,” PLOS One, August 17, 2016, http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0160461
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces the August 17 issue of the Health Care Innovations Exchange (https://innovations.ahrq.gov/node/8388).
- The featured Innovations describe how an ambulance provider redesigned its emergency medical services system to create new care and referral pathways for 911 callers not facing true emergencies; a community paramedic program that significantly reduced unnecessary 911 calls from a local shelter and enhanced access to primary care for shelter residents; and a city EMS program that used a multipronged strategy to reduce unnecessary ambulance transports and ED visits, connecting non-emergent patients to primary care.
- The featured QualityTools include resources for reducing inappropriate emergency department use and tools to support community paramedicine programs.
- The featured Perspective, Convening a Learning Community to Reduce Non-Urgent Use of Emergency Services, describes the collaborative work of the Innovations Exchange Emergency Services Learning Community, based on an interview with its champion and expert faculty. https://innovations.ahrq.gov/perspectives/convening-learning-community-reduce-nonurgent-use-emergency-services
Between May 2015 and May 2016, the growth in spending on prescription drugs dropped to 5.2%, down from 12.2% in 2014. Source: “CSHS Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs: July 2016 Health Sector Economic IndicatorsSM Briefs,” Altarum Institute/Center for Sustainable Health Spending, July 2016, http://altarum.org/our-work/cshs-health-sector-economic-indicators-briefs
Health care issuers are already interested in a proposal that would allow Americans age 55 and older to “buy into” Medicare, according to Chris Jennings, a longtime health policy expert and adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Jennings spoke on a panel during the Democratic National Convention featuring several prominent health policy players, including former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack and former head of the White House health reform office Nancy-Ann DeParle.
According to a recent survey, only 48% of employees had participated in an employer-sponsored program to help them improve their physical health. Source: “Employees Report High Satisfaction with Health and Well-being Programs, but More Personalization is Needed,” National Business Group on Health Press Release, July 20, 2016, https://www.businessgrouphealth.org/pressroom/pressRelease.cfm?ID=280
According to a recent survey, 95.5% of respondents had received a medical bill from a doctor, hospital, or health care provider in the past 12 months. Of those, 60.5% rated their medical bills as confusing or very confusing. Their frustrations included the following:
- The relationship between bills from provider and the statements from insurance company: 50.6%
- Not sure if the total owed was correct: 49.4%
- The amount owed was a surprise: 48.8%
- Unexpected expenses that were thought to be covered by insurance: 46.1%
- Not sure if the insurance company had paid yet: 43.2%
- The bill arrived a long time after the date of service: 42.3%
- The relationship between the bill and insurance deductible: 35.1%
- Didn’t understand the language on the bill: 23.5%
- Wasn’t sure if everything listed on the bill really happened: 22.0%
Source: “A BILL YOU CAN UNDERSTAND RESEARCH REPORT,” Mad*Pow, May 6, 2016, http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5715100cf8baf3c79d443859/t/5730e1c4f699bbe627603424/1462821330491/DesignChallenge_ResearchReport.pdf
The Lancet recently published a study on the modifiable risk factors behind strokes. Here are some key findings from the report:
- 10 controllable risk factors account for 90% of all strokes.
- Eliminating high blood pressure was estimated to reduce risk by 48%.
- High blood pressure causes 39% of strokes in North America, Australia and western Europe.
- 60% of strokes in Southeast Asia are caused by high blood pressure.
- Eliminating physical inactivity was estimated to reduce stroke risk by 36%.
- Stroke risk is reduced by an estimated 23% when a poor diet is improved.
Source: The Lancet, July 15, 2016