Healthcare is a fascinating topic that is oftentimes literally life and death. I covered healthcare for HealthLeaders Media for three years. I wrote a weekly health insurance column, as well as created and oversaw a news desk of editors. I now write about the topic for Healthcare Dive. Here are some of the articles I’ve written on the topic.
5 Takeaways From Payer Q2 Earnings Reports
Insurers appear to have found stability and responded by expanding offerings, pulling back on others, moving into new subsectors and partnering with or gobbling up other companies. Here are five trends and highlights from payers’ earnings reports in the past few weeks.
Return of the House Call
The days of the kindly, silver-haired doctor with a small medical bag going house-to-house appeared dead and buried, but a new movement is taking shape to return the practice. The resurgence has a key twist, however, with a heavy dose of 21-century technology.
Value-based Pay a Factor Pushing Docs to Hospital Work
More physicians, especially young doctors, are turning to hospitals for employment rather than running their own practice, spurred by the rise of value-based payments and population health. Here’s why.
Providers Go Deeper with Population Health, Weighing Social Factors
The industry transition to value-based payments is leading to more population health management programs, but providers are finding it’s difficult when patients lack secure housing, access to food or a way to get to appointments. So many are now going beyond one buzz word, population health, and taking into account the role that another, social determinants of health, play in a person’s health.
5 Payer Trends to Watch in 2018
Looking ahead to next year, you can expect payers to implement more cost-saving measures and push for value-based contracting. Here’s a look at five payer trends to watch for in 2018, and some tips for preparing to deal with them.
Why Payers are Flocking to the Medicare Advantage Market
Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges are both federal programs, but they couldn’t be more different in payers’ eyes. Insurance companies are entering or expanding their footprints in the MA market, while simultaneously pulling back or out of the ACA exchanges. They’ve found success in MA. Not so much in the ACA exchanges. Here’s why.
How Will Instability in the ACA Exchanges Affect Healthcare in 2018?
Threats, actions and inactions from Washington, D.C., have left the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges teetering and insurance companies fleeing the individual market for 2018. What will this mean for payers and providers in 2018?