News Roundup

News Roundup: August 2018 Edition

 

Medicare Part D Premiums Continue to Decline in 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, for the second year in a row, the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2019 is projected to decline. At a time when health insurance premiums are rising across-the-board, basic Part D premiums are expected to fall from $33.59 this year to $32.50 next year.

 

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Wisconsin Wins Waiver for $200M Reinsurance Program

Wisconsin Wins Waiver for $200M Reinsurance Program

Beginning next year, Wisconsin will roll out a $200 million reinsurance program designed to stabilize premiums in the state’s individual health insurance market.

The program, which will be jointly funded by the state and the federal government, was authorized by a five-year waiver granted Sunday by the U.S. departments of the Treasury and Health & Human Services under the Affordable Care Act. Insurers and providers alike have hailed the program as a positive step.

 

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How Payers Can Succeed Under Updated 2019 HEDIS Measures

In order to maintain a competitive edge in a crowded consumer market, health plans need to ensure that they have the capabilities in place to excel in as many performance measures as possible.

 

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Next-gen cloud computing: How healthcare can prepare for the future

There has been a notable shift in healthcare clouds from simple data storage to using the technology to lower costs, gain efficiencies and even move on to tasks such as personalizing patient care. Healthcare CIOs and other executives have to be prepared for the changing cloud landscape. Here’s a look at what to expect in the near future.

 

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