Average MA Star Ratings Fall; United, Anthem See Big Drops

Reprinted with AIS Health permission from the Oct. 9, 2020, issue of Health Plan Weekly. Star ratings for Medicare Advantage plans declined across the board for 2021, signaling an overall drop of around 5.5% in the number of members enrolled in contracts with 4 or...

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Diabetes Patients Spend 4X More on Healthcare Each Year

Diabetes Patients Spend 4X More on Healthcare Each Year

According to a recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), health care spending per capita for people with diabetes was a whopping $16,021 per year, compared to $4,396 for people without diabetes. Diabetes patients, in other words,...

Wellness Program Participation Makes Sense (And Cents)

Wellness Program Participation Makes Sense (And Cents)

Is it worth it? That seems to be the lingering question in plan sponsors’ minds when they decide between various wellness program offerings. There’s strong evidence that these programs aid employee attraction and retention. But do wellness programs...

Shopping for Healthcare with a Blindfold On

Shopping for Healthcare with a Blindfold On

The cost of one medical procedure can vary widely depending on where you look. This is according to a recent article in HealthDay News that focuses on the cost discrepancies of x-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans. The analysis found that...