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 Read more about 5 tips to better understand your health insurance[…]

9 smart ways to save on health care

Health insurance is a must-have (not to mention a legal requirement), but it doesn’t protect you fully from medical costs. The average employer plan has an individual deductible of $1,135, and the popular Silver plans sold on state marketplaces in 2014 had an average deductible of about $2,900. Here are nine ways to get the Read more about 9 smart ways to save on health care[…]

HME News: CDC reports rise in doc visits by diabetes patients

Office-based physician visits made by diabetes patients rose 20% between 2005 and 2010, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The largest increase in visits (34%) was made by adults in their mid-20s to mid-40s, according to the new brief. “Continuing to examine office-based physician visits by Read more about HME News: CDC reports rise in doc visits by diabetes patients[…]

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 Read more about Hospital mergers raise price concerns[…]

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 Read more about Startup AbilTo aims to cut medical costs[…]

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, Read more about The 10 Least Expensive Health Insurance Markets In The U.S.[…]

2014 may be the year of the patient in health care

2014 may be the year of the patient in health care And technology will help the system be more oriented to consumers, experts say. New technology, changes in the market and the Affordable Care Act will allow more people to bid good-bye to some of the most frustrating parts of a troubled health care system. Read more about 2014 may be the year of the patient in health care[…]

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 Read more about Building the foundations of a health system that learns from itself[…]