Managed Care Minute: February 14, 2015
A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of February 9, 2015, including an announcement of a new Affordable Care Initiative and a potential change to recommended dietary guidelines.
Cancer Patients Rarely Request Inappropriate Tests, Treatments
A new study debunks the common assumption that high medical costs are a result of patients demanding more tests and treatments. Researchers analyzed more than 5000 patient-clinician visits and found that cancer patients rarely push for medical interventions.
Digital Security Is Not a Priority for Healthcare
Data breaches in the healthcare industry happen more often than you might think. Financial institutions, retailers, and other organizations have all suffered major breaches, but the healthcare sector is an increasingly attractive target for hackers.
HHS Announces New Oncology Care Management Initiative
A new Affordable Care Act initiative from HHS will better coordinate cancer care with the intention of improving the quality of care provided and reducing the money spent on healthcare, according to an announcement from HHS.
ACA Sign-Ups Expected to Top 10 Million
As the deadline for signing up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act approaches Sunday, enrollment in plans provided through the federal health law is on track to expand substantially over 2014.
Marketplaces Can Improve on Aiding Informed Decision Making
Although this year’s enrollment period has gone far smoother compared to the first year, there is much room for improvement particularly when it comes to helping consumers make informed decisions, according to a report commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The Economic Reality of a Measles Outbreak
The official measles count is up to 121 cases in 17 states, and while there has been much talk about what an awful disease it is and the ramifications of not vaccinating, only a handful of people have talked about costs. Measles is expensive.