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MANAGED CARE March 2009. © MediMedia USA
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Headlines On Deadline…

MANAGED CARE March 2009. ©MediMedia USA

Just more than half of 489 large U.S. companies now offer their employees a consumer-directed health plan (CDHP), up from 47 percent in 2008, according to a new survey issued by Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health. Another 8 percent are expected to adopt a CDHP by 2010. Companies with at least half of their employees enrolled in a CDHP have two-year cost increases that are 25 percent lower than non-CDHP health plan sponsors (4.6 percent vs. 6.1 percent). . . . The proportion of children and working-age Americans who went without a prescription drug because of cost concerns jumped to 1 in 7 in 2007, up from 1 in 10 in 2003, according to a national study released by the Center for Studying Health System Change. The 2007 Tracking Survey identified rising prescription drug costs and less generous drug coverage as major contributors. . . .The credit rating organization A.M. Best forecasts a negative outlook for health insurers in 2009. But earnings are not a cause for concern (earnings remain favorable) — it’s the uncertainty of the economic environment. Recession, reform, and competition will affect enrollment and investment income. Declining enrollment, pressure from employers for lower premium rates, and competition in the commercial market will depress profit margins, according to the 2009 special report.

Meetings

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014