The influx of newly-insured under the ACA has further added to the over-utilization of healthcare facilities across the US. With more people covered, a shortage of primary care physicians, and the difficulties in navigating healthcare, many patients are flocking to Emergency Roomsand Walk-in Clinics for non-emergency purposes. In fact, hospitals in many states are seeing an average increase of 12% in ER admissions since the ACA came into effect.
Expatriates find themselves in a unique position when it comes to adapting to a new workplace. From cultural differences to professional differences, it remains vital that these employees are given access to an intricate support system for issues both in the workplace and more importantly, at home. It is outside the workplace where newly relocated employees often feel overwhelmed and need assistance.
The release of new healthcare price data by the HHS and CMS will prove to be very helpful for South Florida healthcare consumers and payers, as Florida currently fails to implicate any regulations overstatewide healthcare transparency. While the state-mandated website managed by the Agency for Health Care Administration,floridahealthfinder.gov, provides a brief price range for a limited number of medical procedures, the data retrieved from CMS’s analysis of charges and payments for common inpatient procedures covered by Medicare will finally shed some light on price-comparisons between hospitals in the same geographic region.
The current state of medical debt across the US has begun to prompt providers to consider alternate action when attempting to collect unpaid medical bills.
Currently, more than 50% of patients will struggle to pay medical debt this year, according to the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a non-profit organization that provides patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening diseases with one-to-one, sustained case management. The study includes a quantitive analysis of information on 88,364 patients who sought help from the organization in 2013.
Three major health insurance players – Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare – have teamed up with the non-profit Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to launch an online portal where they will publish information on their healthcare prices. Scheduled to go live in early 2015, HCCI “expects additional carriers to participate in the near future” as many major insurers have already expressed interest in joining the initiative.
The state of employer-sponsored health plans remains an issue of concern throughout the US healthcare landscape. With the PPACA inflicting new regulations and mandates on employers offering health benefits to their employees, alternate solutions towards traditional employee health plans are becoming more and more popular.
May 2014 - Miami, FL
PayerFusion Holdings, L.L.C has announced they will be hosting the Health Insights Symposium, the first in a series of informative events to help employers navigate the intricacies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Geared toward HR and corporate finance executives, the event will shed light on the complexities of PPACA that will affect employee health benefits while providing strategies and tactics to deal with the adverse impacts of healthcare reform.
Telemedicine has continued to grow steadily at almost 18.6%, reaching annual revenue of $11.6 billion USD. Researchers are projecting that number to reach $27 billion by 2016. However, a recently proposed telemedicine policy published by the Federation of State Medical Boards has raised concerns over the regulation of the current US telemedicine market.