Premiums Climb 8 Percent For Second Consecutive Year

After six years of little change and a lot of subsequent speculation about higher rates to come, HMO premium increases appear to have taken root. For the second straight year, increases in 1999 were in the neighborhood of 8 percent, according to Milliman & Robertson's latest edition of its HMO Intercompany Rate Survey.

The average per-member, per-month rate jumped 8.2 percent, to $149.59. Last year, it rose 7.8 percent. The bulk of the increases were due to health plans' soaring pharmaceutical expenses: the number of prescriptions written per thousand members climbed 12 percent, from 7,046 to 7,899. Admissions and inpatient lengths of stay remained at last year's levels.

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HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

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