Short answer: maybe. Attempts in the past have failed and a lot will need to happen this time to make it work. What consumers have for comparing physicians and hospitals is woefully inadequate, for the most part. The good news: Some health plans have the best tools around.
The internationally known health care economist is bullish on health care. For one thing, the system isn’t as bad as, say, education or jurisprudence. For another, costs have been slowing down for some time now. Administrative overhead needs to be tackled, though.
They want options, and they’re realizing that these entities are a much different breed from the public exchanges being rolled out under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, consumer advocates worry that private exchanges will shift too much burden onto patients.
Which of three drugs is best for a given patient? The answer remains clouded by clinical uncertainty — and the sun isn’t going to break through soon.
UM for outpatient discretionary echocardiography appeared to reduce testing rates significantly
John Sung Kim
There have been no novel medications for decades, and exisiting therapies don’t have enough of an impact on morbidity and mortality rates
Aetna hopes that an experiment with its employees turns into a product that it can put on the market next year
Physicians will be able to order the correct therapy in as little as two hours after taking a sample for testing