Colorectal cancer screening for white, black, and Asian Americans age 50 and over has improved says the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The same can’t be said for Hispanics, whose screening rates barely improved, or for American Indians, whose screening rates fell.
Members in integrated health systems report higher rates of satisfaction than members in plans in which the provider and payer are not part of the same organization, according to a recent survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates titled 2011 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan Study. These plans, such as Health Alliance Plan and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, average a satisfaction score of 741 (1,000-point scale) compared with nonintegrated plans, which average 69.
Approximately 24 million people will purchase health insurance coverage through the American Health Benefits Exchanges by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The AHB Exchanges were created under the Health Insurance Exchange program by the Affordable Care Act. The exchanges will be rolled out in all states by Jan. 1, 2014.