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Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

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Republicans have capitalized on the misunderstood concept that the ACA is responsible for their health premiums going up and misleading voters to turn them against the ACA.

Reducing Health Care Costs With New Nine-Step Plan

Reducing Health Care Costs With New Nine-Step Plan

This nine-point plan includes streamlining in billing, reduction in high facility fees and reducing drug costs.

High-Price Practices Associated With Certain Measures of Care Coordination

High-Price Practices Associated With Certain Measures of Care Coordination

There were no differences in overall care ratings, receipt of preventive services and acute care use.

No Increase in State Spending with ACA Medicaid Expansions

No Increase in State Spending with ACA Medicaid Expansions

State budget projections were accurate for federal, state, and Medicaid spending.

Cost of Care Increases When Specialists Serve as Primary Health Provider

Cost of Care Increases When Specialists Serve as Primary Health Provider

For older adults with multimorbidity, having a specialist as their primary caregiver was linked to a lower continuity of care.

Private Practices With More High-Needs Patients Spend Less

Private Practices With More High-Needs Patients Spend Less

Small practices with one or two physicians have lower overall spending than large practices.

Economic Benefits for Prediabetic Patients with Lifestyle Modifications

Economic Benefits for Prediabetic Patients with Lifestyle Modifications

The three-year return on investments for the prevention program was estimated to be as high as 42%.

Healthy Food Consumption Increases with Lowering Costs

Healthy Food Consumption Increases with Lowering Costs

Raising the cost of unhealthy foods significantly reduces their intake.

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

In the United States, dermatological conditions cost $75 billion in 2013, researchers say.

High Adherence to Brochiolitis Guidelines Lowers Costs and LOS

High Adherence to Brochiolitis Guidelines Lowers Costs and LOS

A high adherence to bronchiolitis clinical pathway recommendations is linked to shorter LOS and lower costs.

Global Economy Heavily Burdened by Smoking

Global Economy Heavily Burdened by Smoking

Tobacco-related diseases caused 12% of deaths among smokers aged 30 to 69 in 2012.

High Health Care Deductibles Burden Many Families

High Health Care Deductibles Burden Many Families

Studies suggest that significant out-of-pocket costs may harm low-income and chronically ill patients.

Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for Expensive, Novel Drugs

Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for Expensive, Novel Drugs

Strategy would encourage manufacturers and insurers to share accountability for clinical outcomes

Stepped Care Cost-Effective in Cancer Treatment

Stepped Care Cost-Effective in Cancer Treatment

The mean costs was lower and the mean number of quality-adjusted life-years was higher in the intervention group.

Soaring Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare-Only Cancer Patients

Soaring Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare-Only Cancer Patients

Without supplemental insurance, out-of-pocket costs average 25% of their annual earnings.

Significant Financial Burden Associated with Increase Costs of CLL Treatment

Significant Financial Burden Associated with Increase Costs of CLL Treatment

The number of patients living with CLL is projected to increase 55% by 2025 and costs are set to rise 590%.

Health Care Cost Rising Significantly for Privately Insured Americans

Health Care Cost Rising Significantly for Privately Insured Americans

Prescription drugs are the fastest growing expense, report shows.

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Although a hospital may be in an insurance network, the treating physician may not be.

Hidden Fees Reported by Pharmacists Often Distort Prescription Costs

Hidden Fees Reported by Pharmacists Often Distort Prescription Costs

Direct and indirect remuneration fees and copay claw-back fees often skew the cost of prescription medications.

Absenteeism Associated With Chronic Diseases Have Significant Costs

Absenteeism Associated With Chronic Diseases Have Significant Costs

This study shows that considerable costs are associated with smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension and diabetes among employees.

Communication Facilitators in ICUs May Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

Communication Facilitators in ICUs May Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

This study shows that full-time, trained communication facilitators may improve quality of care for patients and reduce overall costs in the ICU.

Physician Spending on Health Information Technology Continues to Soar

Physician Spending on Health Information Technology Continues to Soar

Physician costs on health IT increased by 40% between 2009 and 2015 and are expected to continue increasing.

Opioid Abuse is Costing the US Economy Billions of Dollars Annually

Opioid Abuse is Costing the US Economy Billions of Dollars Annually

This study suggests that the US is spending $78.5 billion a year on health care, lost of productivity and treatment programs on opioid abusers.

Health Care Costs Can be Reduced by Using Value-Driven Outcomes Tool

Health Care Costs Can be Reduced by Using Value-Driven Outcomes Tool

This study shows that a multifaceted value-driven outcomes tool can reduce the cost of health care by identifying variability in costs and outcomes.

ACA Shown To Help More Americans Afford Prescription Medications Than Ever Before

ACA Shown To Help More Americans Afford Prescription Medications Than Ever Before

Despite an increasing number of Americans able to afford medications since ACA, millions still struggle, according to a recent study.

Mylan Takes Action To Lower Cost of EpiPens

Mylan Takes Action To Lower Cost of EpiPens

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The pharmaceutical company has outlined steps to lower the financial burden of acquiring their products after price hike.

ACA Report Shows Rise in Prescription Use, Drop in Out-of-Pocket Spending

ACA Report Shows Rise in Prescription Use, Drop in Out-of-Pocket Spending

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increases treatment rates and decreases out-of-pocket spending, a report says.

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