By Devin Partida – The COVID-19 pandemic caused drastic shifts throughout virtually all segments of society. Here are six ways the health crisis influenced trends in the insurance industry.Read More
By Bernard J. Wolfson – In April, San Francisco-based primary care company One Medical revealed an eye-popping compensation package for its chief executive and chairman, Amir Dan Rubin. His $199 million payday, particularly noteworthy at a company that has yet to turn a profit, made Rubin the second-highest-paid CEO in the United States last year — but only on paper.
As new cases of COVID-19 in the United States were peaking in late 2020, most physicians reported that health plans continued to impose bureaucratic prior authorization policies that delay access to necessary care and sometimes result in serious harm to patients, according to new survey results issued by the AMA.
By Kayla Matthews – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is legislation that defines the privacy and security standards surrounding health information. There’s also a component of HIPAA called the privacy rule.
By Rachel Bluth – Lobbying campaigns and legislative battles have been underway for months as Congress tries to solve the problem of surprise billing, when patients face often exorbitant costs after they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network doctor or hospital.
By Elisabeth Rosenthal – As voters fume about the high cost of health care, politicians have been targeting two well-deserved villains: pharmaceutical companies, whose prices have risen more than inflation, and insurers, who pay their executives millions in salaries while raising premiums and deductibles.
By David Harlow JD MPH – Much has been said about cost transparency in healthcare, and recently, the administration got slightly more specific, issuing an Executive Order calling for some regulations and reports:
By Shefali Luthra – Private health insurance plans in 2017 paid more than twice what Medicare would have for those same health care services, says a sweeping new study from Rand Corp., a respected research organization.
By David Harlow – The U.S. healthcare system is on a journey – a journey to the future. When we get there, we need to be sure that environmental conditions are right; if they are not, the system — and possibly all of the system’s patients — will be at grave risk.