December 2019

Cost Burden of Hepatitis C Virus Treatment in Commercially Insured Patients

December 13, 2019


Rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in a commercially insured population doubled after availability of new direct-acting antivirals. Member out-of-pocket spending was kept low while the health plan bore 99% of spending on HCV medications.

Benzodiazepine and Unhealthy Alcohol Use Among Adult Outpatients

December 13, 2019


Among outpatients who were screened for alcohol use, those with unhealthy alcohol use, women, and those who were older, white, and of lower socioeconomic status were more likely to use benzodiazepines.

Cost-Sharing Payments for Out-of-Network Care in Commercially Insured Adults

December 12, 2019


This study of claims among adults covered by employer-sponsored plans revealed substantial variations in out-of-network cost-sharing payments. The growth of cost sharing for nonemergent hospitalizations is concerning.

Delivery System Performance as Financial Risk Varies

December 04, 2019


One delivery system’s healthcare utilization in its Medicare Advantage product was notably less than in its Pioneer accountable care organization or in a traditional Medicare comparison group.