Accountable care organizations likely here to stay; explain them to public

While we ponder what the court will do about the Affordable Care Act, let’s take another look at one aspect of the law already in effect,  the accountable care organizations. We’ve spotlighted good coverage of this in the past, but it’s a concept that still has people confused. Plus, if the court strikes part of […]

In new book, award-winning journalist offers strategies for pushing back against high health care costs

One of the themes in journalist Marshall Allen’s book is that few American leaders — neither politicians nor the chief executives of American companies — have been willing to fight back against high and rising health care costs. Therefore, the work of taking on the medical industry and health insurers falls to consumers, writes Allen, […]

In 2020, employers’ benefit plans will promote more virtual care and focus on high-cost claims

Companies that pay for employer-sponsored health insurance are continually seeking ways to cut health care costs and improve the care delivered to employees, their family members and retirees. To accomplish these goals in 2020, employers will implement more virtual care, such as telemedicine, and will focus more on high-cost claims, according to a report from […]

BCBS of Massachusetts will pay to keep patients out of the hospital

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced this week that it is taking the radical step of paying to keep patients out of the hospital. In a partnership with South Shore Health System in Weymouth, Mass., BCBSM will change the financial reward system so that it will tie payments to health system to its success […]