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Number of narrow-network plans varies widely by state

As narrow networks tied to the Affordable Care Act continue to be a hot topic of debate, a new report highlights where in the country these controversial plans are most common.

How insurers, regulators can capitalize on big data

While  big data has the power to transform the health insurance industry, regulators don't often capitalize on the given opportunity.

Affordable Care Act hasn't killed jobs but hasn't created them either

There has been a long-running debate as to whether the Affordable Care Act is actually killing jobs, creating them or doing little at all. A new study suggests it is the third case.  

Expansion of insurance coverage drove recent healthcare spending increases

As healthcare spending appears poised to rise in the coming years, a new study suggests that the recent upward bumps may be due to millions of more Americans gaining coverage as opposed to other market trends.  

Medicare will likely update measures for hospital-acquired conditions

In the wake of recent research that revealed a flaw in how Medicare measures reductions in hospital-acquired conditions, the agency plans to update and expand the methodology it uses to calculate the benchmarks.

State-based exchanges achieve high levels of re-enrollment

Six states successfully re-enrolled large numbers of residents during the second year of open enrollment on the health insurance exchanges.

Marketing narrow network health insurance plans

Since narrow networks are so prevalent among plans sold on health insurance exchanges, insurers should consider changing how they market these plans so that consumers better understand exactly what's covered, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

BUILD Health Challenge announces 18 awardees

The BUILD Health Challenge, an initiative founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has announced grants to 18 healthcare projects.

How hospital-community partnerships can boost population health

As providers increasingly strive to keep patients healthy, it has become clear that much of what influences health outcomes happens outside of traditional care settings. With that in mind, a new set of white papers from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement illustrates how healthcare leaders can leverage community resources and pursue partnerships that help them achieve better population health management.

Report: Medical loss ratio helps insurers

Prior to 2011, there was no rule that required insurers to provide enrollees with a specified minimum value in health spending in return for each dollar spent on premiums. However,  thanks to the medical loss ratio mandate, insurers began using a much higher percentage of premiums on actual health spending, according to a new  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.