by Alicia Caramenico
August 4, 2016
Another month is behind us, full of executive interviews, AHIP member company spotlights, research, and more. In July we celebrated 51 years of Medicare and Medicaid and one year since Marilyn Tavenner joined the association as our president and CEO. As we begin a new month, take a look at some of July’s greatest hits.
In a guest post, Marilyn Tavenner notes that her focus has always been on how to improve access to quality, affordable care. Now leading the health insurance industry, this focus takes on added importance.
The number of opioid prescriptions has nearly doubled since the late 1990s and now exceeds 200 million. In parallel, there’s been a dramatic increase in prescription drug overdoses – more than 47,000 drug overdose deaths in 2014 alone.
Regence BlueShield President Don Antonucci shared insights about new data on health care cost transparency and the need to educate and empower consumers to make better, more informed decisions about their care.
Health plan provider directories can help answer key questions before individuals and their families decide which health plan to enroll in or how to access care once enrolled. For example, is my primary care physician or specialist in the health plan’s network?
Our latest data brief found that states are facing a shortage of physicians in several specialties. The analysis looked at the ratio of these physicians to the population and found several U.S. states currently have physician supply rates that fall well below the national average.