The likelihood that employers will stop offering insurance coverage and dump employees onto health exchange is a hot topic because the Affordable Care Act makes that much more possible. Will companies actually take this step? Many experts do not see it happening. Still, it’s best to be prepared.
Saving health care dollars requires information, and health plans are developing estimators to provide it. After all, there are increasingly more care options to choose from. But remember physician buy-in? Mostly, we are still waiting. Make sure that doctors are in the loop.
Behavioral health plans are using cheek swabs to help choose the drugs that will work best for certain individuals. The tests should improve the effectiveness of prescribing, but many psychiatrists are skeptical. They think more research needs to be done before widespread adoption in mental health clinics.
This is becoming a more prevalent problem as the rates of diabetes continue to climb. There are several treatment options but researchers say that the drug EpiFix heals the ulcers faster than other medications. The median time for healing with EpiFix is 14 days.
The prevalence of serious behavioral and substance abuse problems among Medicaid beneficiaries is substantially higher than in the general population. Health plans succeed when they address socioeconomic factors, and the “health home” is starting to be seen as one of the best ways of managing this costly group.