Even at their best, parity laws make behavioral health care medicine’s poor cousin. Integration would pay off in clinical benefits and major savings. The total cost of care for people with chronic health issues is higher when they are not addressed in a holistic way.
As transparency tools that illuminate the price and quality of care become more user friendly, a stubborn question persists: Will patients use them? Many still rely on advice from family and friends. Fewer than 20% of Americans trust provider-quality information from insurers.
A retrospective comparison of readmission patients shows that percutaneous ventricular assist devices (pVADs) reduce risk of rehospitalization, as well as reduce costs and length of stay. Increased use of pVADs might help hospitals deliver greater value to health insurance plans.
Jo-Ellen Abou Nader
Soaring prices and aggressive marketing fuel a buying frenzy for these specially made agents. The industry says it is meeting a need.