Tag: medicare

New Approaches to Managing High-Cost Drugs

Prescription drugs are critical to any effective healthcare system, but in the U.S. they are also a growing financial burden on patients, employers and care providers, many of whom struggle to keep up with their high costs. According to separate reports from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, prescriptions accounted for a […]

The Evolution of Health Plans

The health plan you purchase today may not resemble the plan of your parents or grandparents at all. For decades, Americans received healthcare under the traditional fee-for-service system. Insurance companies reimbursed patients or payers based on every service provided to patients. This seemed logical on the surface, yet problems became clear as the industry realized […]

Reimbursements Driving Better Clinical Outcomes in Behavioral Health

Over the past few years, America has witnessed its health care system shift from a predominately pay-for-service model to one with various reimbursement models that focus on long-term behavioral health improvements, promoting efficiency and reducing costs. It may seem like a tall order for physician payment methods to improve patient care, but the industry agrees […]

Obesity’s Impact on Health Care

Despite more than a decade of government-sponsored anti-obesity campaigns, a reduction in the consumption of soft drinks and a trend of fast-food menus listing calorie counts, obesity rates in the United States are still increasing. Every state in our nation has rates of obesity that are higher than 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult […]