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Most top-ranked hospitals in at least one ACA exchange network

Nearly all top-ranked regional hospitals are in at least one Affordable Care Act marketplace plan network, yet hospitals' network participation still "declined significantly" in 2016, a new analysis from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows. The findings show that consumers have a lot of choice in hospitals, RWJF's Kathy Hempstead told FierceHealthPayer in an exclusive interview.  

ACA marketplace customers still face high financial burdens

Health insurers must be mindful of costs when designing plans for the Affordable Care Act marketplace because many of its customers are still burdened with the high expense of purchasing health insurance and paying out-of-pocket costs, new research shows.  

Most states lag on infectious outbreak readiness

Most U.S. states don't make the grade on preparedness for an infectious disease outbreak, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Average silver plan premiums up 11 percent, new data show

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new public dataset about health insurance marketplace plans shows that for 2016, premiums for silver plans rose an average of more than 11 percent, while deductibles increased 8 percent on average, according to  USA Today.    

Special enrollment periods offer consumer-outreach opportunity

As the Obama administration strives to get people enrolled in Affordable Care Act health plans, a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that it's also difficult to reach uninsured individuals outside of the standard open enrollment period.  

Value University to teach healthcare professionals how to improve care

University of Utah Health Care will offer healthcare professionals a free online leaning platform, Value University, to help them achieve the Triple Aim of improved value and care at lower costs.

RWJF's Kathy Hempstead: Shift from PPO plans 'raises the stakes' for health insurers

As someone currently immersed in planning a wedding--and constantly teetering on "decision fatigue"--I'm suspicious of the conventional wisdom that more choices are always better. As...

ACA exchange plans popular among low-income customers eligible for subsidies

As the Obama administration gears up to encourage low-income individuals to get covered, a new report suggests that these consumers actually already are the most likely to purchase health plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

Hospital-community partnerships require all stakeholders to understand community benefit

As healthcare increases its focus on value-based models and preventive care, how to address the socioeconomic determinants of health often comes under the microscope. In light of this, it is vital that hospitals and healthcare providers partner with community institutions, but such initiatives will only succeed if both sides understand the stakes, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

Physician practices see post-ACA revenue growth

Physicians have experienced revenue growth in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Surprisingly, the effect was more pronounces among states that did not expand Medicaid eligibility