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Innovations in Medication Therapy Management

This report describes trends in the medication therapy management (MTM) programs being conducted by America’s health insurance plans and provides details about 16 companies’ MTM initiatives for a variety of patient populations. 

January 2014 Census Shows 17.4 Million Enrollees in Health Savings Account – Eligible High Deductible Health Plans (HSA/HDHPs)

An annual census conducted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) of U.S. health insurance companies shows that enrollment in health savings account/high-deductible health plans (HSA/HDHPs) totaled 17.4 million in January 2014.

Trends in Medigap Coverage and Enrollment, 2012

This report presents trends in enrollment in Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance coverage, using data on the number of policies in force as of December 2012 from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC dataset contains information on most Medigap policies in force in the U.S., representing approximately 10.2 million covered lives, with policies from 262 carriers.

Trends in Inpatient Hospital Prices, 2008 to 2010

Unadjusted inpatient hospital prices per admission grew by 8.2% per year from 2008 to 2010 for the commercially insured population (under age 65 years) in the MarketScan data set. We estimate that approximately 1.3 to 1.9 percentage points of the growth in prices can be attributed to increased intensity per admission. Thus, we estimate that intensity-adjusted price increases ranged from 6.2% to 6.8% annually in the 2008-2010 period. Price levels and trends varied considerably across admission types, states, and localities.

Low-Income & Minority Beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage Plans, 2011

New data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) show that Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare’s private comprehensive health plans, continue to be a vital source of coverage for low-income and minority beneficiaries in 2011.
 

Innovations in Medicaid Managed Care: Highlights of Health Plans’ Programs to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Medicaid Beneficiaries

In this report—an update to AHIP’s 2005 Innovations in Medicaid Managed Care book—we provide details about 17 health plan initiatives dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries.

Low-income & Rural Beneficiaries with Medigap Coverage, 2011

Medigap supplemental coverage has long helped Medicare beneficiaries fill gaps in their benefits. Recently released data from the 2011 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) serve as a reminder of the critical role played by Medigap coverage. The MCBS data show that Medigap is particularly important to low- and moderate-income beneficiaries, especially those living in rural areas.

Innovations Report Series

In the last several years, AHIP has produced a series of reports highlighting health plans’ innovative programs and tools to drive improvements in patient care.

Virtual Seminar Series

The Affordable Care Act identified the goal of reducing preventable hospital readmissions as an important national priority. Health insurance plans have been addressing the root causes of readmissions for many years, through patient-centered programs.