5 tips to better understand your health insurance

Health insurance is confusing, but not understanding your coverage could leave you with unexpected medical bills. Although consumers have access to more information than ever, knowing the best sources for accurate advice can minimize misunderstanding and empower you to make the best decisions regarding your health care. Deductibles, copayments and narrowed networks— it’s hard enough[…]

Hospital mergers raise price concerns

Hospital administrators in Connecticut who have been involved in the unprecedented streak of mergers and consolidations often tout the financial benefits and efficiencies of such moves. But as the number of independent hospitals in the state dwindles — with more than half of the 29 acute-care hospitals now operating in networks with other hospitals or[…]

Startup AbilTo aims to cut medical costs

Health IT company AbilTo has raised fresh capital for a program aimed at changing behavior for the costliest patient population — people with chronic conditions or multiple chronic conditions. The healthcare startup works with health plans by offering their members eight-week programs to improve recovery by teaching people to better cope with stress, anxiety and[…]

The 10 Least Expensive Health Insurance Markets In The U.S.

People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than what insurers in the country’s most expensive places are charging. The 10 regions with the lowest premiums in the nation also include Salt Lake City,[…]

Building the foundations of a health system that learns from itself

A new $7 million award to the Harvard Medical School Center for Biomedical Informatics from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will create a far-reaching data platform that will link patients and doctors across 10 health systems around the U.S., fostering critical medical research. Called the Scalable Collaborative Insfrastructure for a Learning Health System (SCILHS—pronounced[…]