After what looked like a bumpy start, and despite the warnings of some prominent naysayers, the organizations designed to wean providers off of fee for service and to take on financial risk begin to make progress. Uncle Sam is all in, as are many commercial health plans.
Medica health plan in Minneapolis goes all out to communicate with beneficiaries in clear, concise, and jargon-free language. One tip: Don’t overwhelm with words or volume. The insurer has stopped sending out so many letters to consumers, culling 375 down to 175. Brief is almost always better.
Bret Yarczower, MD
Not only did the number of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome increase dramatically from 2004 to 2013, but the proportion of NICU days devoted to caring for those infants increased to 4% in 2013 from just 0.6% in 2004, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.