Health Insurance

Healthcare.gov price rises

The cost of fixing healthcare.gov is hovering at around $1 billion, up from the $677-million figure quoted in December

Healthcare organization makes big data bigger

Credit card and loyalty program purchases will help Carolinas HealthCare System flag potential patient behavior issues.

CMS site guides patients through insurance coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a new site Monday to help patients understand how to use their health coverage.

Youthful insured not triggering cost spike

Youthful insured not triggering cost spike

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An early look at healthcare reforms impact indicates that allowing children to stay on a parent's healthcare plan until they turned 26 did not translate into higher use of medical care, but did lower out-of-pocket healthcare costs for the 19-25 age group.

Cigna expedites Crestor use

Cigna expedites Crestor use

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The company signed a deal with AstraZeneca in which high-risk heart disease patients can bypass step therapy and go straight to the branded cholesterol fighter.

Insurers pay docs to stick to regimens

Companies including WellPoint and Highmark are deploying financial incentives for doctors to stick with recommended cancer treatments.

2013 favored specialists, specialty Rx

2013 favored specialists, specialty Rx

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The latest IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics assessment of 2013's prescription drug use shows that 2.3% of prescriptions account for 30% of a patient's out-of-pocket prescription costs.

HHS extends insurance deadline

The March 31 deadline for health insurance is not the be-all-and-end-all, while a survey found that 50% of the uninsured intend to stay that way.

Survey shows patient insurance experience

The JD Powers survey shows health insurance communication opportunities.

Healthcare reform transforms hospital policies

Hospitals are contemplating financial incentives—as in fines or less support—for patients who could have signed up for health insurance but opted not to.

ACA enrollment misses target

Official numbers are pending, but Reuters notes enrollment appears to be just 3% of the government's goal.

Healthcare reform roundup

Healthcare reform roundup

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A roundup of some exchange-related news circling the web.

Employer, employee healthcare costs to rise in 2014

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Benefits research studies show employers expect to lay out 7% more in healthcare costs in 2014, a move that has not been accompanied by lower employee costs.

Studies provide more clues to patient adherence, medical needs

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Three studies take on different angles of the patient experience. Spoiler alert: no cost increases are mentioned.

Business briefs: Roche, WellPoint, Bayer, Takeda, Allergan

A JAMA article says prostate cancer patients are getting treatments they don't need; Roche and AstraZeneca will share safety data; WellPoint gives cost sharing a new spin; Bayer seeks to boost its oncology pipeline; Takeda announces organizational changes; and the FDA puts Allergan's Restasis on track for generic competition.

Business briefs: Astellas, ADA, AJMC, AARP

Astellas teams up with Cytokinetics for muscle weakness research; ADA says lifestyle changes don't protect diabetics' hearts; AJMC talks pharmacists as diabetes counselors; and AARP helps with healthcare reform education.

Impact and importance of patient preference still TBD

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JAMA's look into the impact of patient centric care shows that a broader scope is needed to understand the financial and health impact of active patients and how doctors perceive what it means to be engaged with patients.

Despite HPV vax ad bonanza, low awareness and slacker docs dog uptake

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A little over half of US girls ages 13 to 17 have not gotten even one dose of the HPV vaccine, and among the main reasons are poor awareness and the failure of doctors to recommend vaccination, a study shows.

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