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Our Top Blog Posts From November 2016

posted by Alicia Caramenico

on December 5, 2016

From the election, to new leaders of HHS and CMS, to outrage over surprise medical bills, November was quite a month for the health care industry. Now that December is upon us, we have the chance to look back at some of November’s greatest hits.

Hospital complex

Working Together to Reduce Surprise Bills at the Hospital

When a doctor is not part of a plan network – even if they separately contract with a hospital to treat patients there – they can charge much higher rates. It’s a growing problem that puts patients in a frustrating and costly position.

 

Close up of mother or older sister and a child hands at the sunset

A Mother’s Account of Diabetes Management

In a guest post, Marilyn Tavenner shares her experience of having a daughter diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the importance of early detection and treatment.

 

lessons-learned-from-ahips-provider-directory-pilot-programLessons Learned from AHIP’s Provider Directory Pilot Program

AHIP led a pilot program to give consumers access to more accurate information when searching for a provider. We’ve reached the six-month mark and found that strong partnership and active participation with physician practices is essential.

 

wryucaregiveHow Health Plans Help Support Family Caregivers

National Family Caregivers Month is a time to honor the millions of people who care for loved ones with health problems or functional impairments. The theme for this year is “Take Care to Give Care,” reminding caregivers that taking care of themselves is an important part of taking care of others.