October 2019

HHS Releases Proposal to Reform Stark Law, Antikickback Rules

October 09, 2019

The American Journal of Managed Markets

In a long-awaited move, HHS announced Tuesday plans to reform federal antikickback statutes and overhaul the so-called Stark Law, which was originally intended as a safeguard against financial incentives that would inappropriately influence physicians’ clinical decisions, in an effort to speed the transition to value-based care.

Majority of Employers Are Willing to Increase Health, Wellness Budgets Compared With 10 Years Ago

October 14, 2019

The American Journal of Managed Markets

Eighty percent of employers claimed that they are intending to increase their health and wellness budgets this year, more than double compared with 2009 (33%), according to results from the 10th annual Optum Wellness in the Workplace study.

High-Deductible Health Plans Linked With Financial Strain, More Frequent ED Visits for Patients With COPD

October 14, 2019

The American Journal of Managed Markets

Enrollment in a high-deductible health plan was shown to be associated with cost-related barriers to care, financial strain, and more frequent emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study.