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Group market insurance plans had premiums increase by an average of 3 percent this year, the sixth consecutive year of a single-digit hike and well below the 20 percent jump in non-group market premiums, while employers continue to search for ways to cut costs through different sites of care and wellness programs.

Just a month earlier, Anthem had announced it wouldn’t offer ACA exchange coverage in the state, blaming “continued uncertainty” surrounding the law.

Sixty-three cities and counties and more than 70,000 enrollees in Virginia are now at risk of having no insurer participating in their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange for 2018, a problem which had appeared to be solved in other parts of the country just two weeks prior.

Ground has been broken on a $270 million medical campus in Frisco, Texas, that will be jointly operated by Texas Health Resources and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

In the first three months of this year, 8.8 percent of the U.S. population lacked health insurance, a slight decrease from the final 2016 numbers as the big gains in coverage from the Affordable Care Act appear to have ended.

 

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Wellness programs, new sites of care common among larger employers’ insurance plans

Group market insurance plans had premiums increase by an average of 3 percent this year, the sixth consecutive year of a single-digit hike and well below the 20 percent jump in non-group market premiums, while employers continue to search for ways to cut costs through different sites of care and wellness programs.

Anthem will re-enter Virginia ACA markets, covering 63 bare counties

Just a month earlier, Anthem had announced it wouldn’t offer ACA exchange coverage in the state, blaming “continued uncertainty” surrounding the law.

ACA’s ‘bare’ county problem is back

Sixty-three cities and counties and more than 70,000 enrollees in Virginia are now at risk of having no insurer participating in their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange for 2018, a problem which had appeared to be solved in other parts of the country just two weeks prior.

Construction begins on $270M Texas Health, UT Southwestern campus

Ground has been broken on a $270 million medical campus in Frisco, Texas, that will be jointly operated by Texas Health Resources and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Uninsured rate rising in states that didn't expand Medicaid

In the first three months of this year, 8.8 percent of the U.S. population lacked health insurance, a slight decrease from the final 2016 numbers as the big gains in coverage from the Affordable Care Act appear to have ended.

All of US now has at least 1 ACA insurer for 2018

The last county at risk of having no insurers offering plans on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange now has coverage, with CareSource stepping in to sell plans in Paulding County, Ohio.

For those about to operate: Rock music preferred in OR

Surgeons prefer listening to rock music while operating more than any other genre, narrowly beating out pop and classical in a survey of surgeons’ listening habits conducted by Spotify and healthcare app Figure 1.

Centene will offer ACA coverage in bare Nevada counties

The number of counties at risk of having no insurer on their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange has fallen to just two, with Centene stepping in to cover potentially bare counties in Nevada.

Where execs, clinicians, payers, purchasers stand on single-payer

The idea of a national, single-payer healthcare system is as divisive as ever to people within the industry, according to a new survey from cloud-based researcher company Reaction Data.

MIPS named top regulatory burden for physician practices

When asked to identify what regulations are the most burdensome, physician practices pointed at the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) being implemented as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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