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The Future Of Health Plans

posted by Marilyn Tavenner

on April 11, 2016

Last week we finished an important chapter in the health insurance community’s ongoing effort to illustrate why Medicare Advantage plans offer a critical lifeline, as well as quality, affordability, and innovation to more than 17 million seniors and vulnerable beneficiaries across the country.

But there is more to do. Our defense of Medicare Advantage is part of a larger, ongoing commitment to improving the health care system and delivering better value for patients.

Our member health plans are driving changes in the payment and delivery system to make sure patients receive the right care, at the right time, and in the right setting. Every plan is engaged in one or more value-based arrangements, with more partnerships taking place around the country. That’s because we know providers and health plans must work together to move the health system away from the outdated fee-for-service model of care to a model that incentivizes and rewards care that works.

High on health plans’ list of priorities are improving health care access and affordability. All of us across the health care system want to bring high-quality, innovative care and lower costs to patients. So we continue to shine a spotlight on the unsustainable cost of prescription drugs while working with stakeholders to find private sector solutions that encourage more transparency, value, and competition.

We also know how important it is that consumers have access to a broad range of physicians and hospitals. Health plans’ provider networks serve as an important tool for providing patients with the highest quality care at the most affordable price — one way to deliver the best value for patient care. Given the diversity of providers in health plans’ networks, health plans are committed to providing the information consumers need to make the best choices about their health care. You can see evidence of this in our new provider directory pilot designed to identify best practices for keeping provider directories up to date so patients have even more accurate information when searching for a provider.

Access, affordability, and value: These priorities have put the health insurance community on a pathway to a health care system that truly meets the needs of our patients. Join us to learn more about the future of health plans at Institute & Expo 2016 this June in Las Vegas.