A new study released Friday by the Rand Corp. found that Hoosiers covered by employer health plans paid Indiana hospitals three times what Medicare would have paid for the same procedures, exceeding the national rate of disparity.
Record profits for Anthem, other health insurers, raise hackles
Many health insurers are reporting second-quarter earnings double what they were a year ago, as Americans are putting off expensive surgeries and even routine office visits during the pandemic.Read More
Justice Department suit alleges Anthem overbilled in its popular Medicare Advantage plans
The Indianapolis-based health insurer is accused of falsely certifying the accuracy of incorrect diagnosis data from doctors and other health providers over four years.Read More
Frustrated health consumers turn to apps, websites to find lowest drug prices
In recent years, a host of online websites and smartphone apps—such as GoodRx, Blink Health and Script Saver—have popped up to help people find the lowest price for prescription medicines. By using them, consumers can save thousands of dollars a year on their prescriptions if they don’t mind shopping around and buying some of their drugs outside their insurance plans.Read More
Anthem sees big jump in quarterly profit, but misses analyst expectations
The Indianapolis-based health care insurer’s earnings more than doubled, to $934 million, in the fourth quarter, compared with $424 million in the same quarter of 2018.Read More
Indiana doctors are raising fears about possible loss of emergency services under a plan to limit “surprise” bills for patients unknowingly treated by providers from outside their insurance networks.
The measures are largely focused on ending surprise billing for patients, creating an all-payer claims database and requiring health care providers to give patients costs estimates in advance.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down Obamacare’s now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance, but sidestepped a ruling on the law’s overall constitutionality. The decision means the law remains in effect for now.
The legislation has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House has issued a veto threat. Still, Democrats saw a victory in the message their bill sends to voters.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Tuesday that he wants the state to impose a hands-free-driving law in 2020. The proposal, which would prohibit the use of mobile phones while operating a motor vehicle, is part of the Republican governor’s 2020 legislative agenda.
Indiana currently ranks highest in prices paid to hospitals by private health insurance plans, according to The Journal Gazette, but the problem is not the actual cost or charge of a procedure—it’s what individuals ultimately pay after insurance.
Indiana had a higher percentage of people lacking medical insurance than any neighboring state in 2018, but its rate was better than the national average.
Every day, thousands of Americans get a surprise bill in the mail from a health provider, asking for thousands of dollars for medical services that weren’t covered by the patient’s insurance.
Nearly half of Americans with private insurance—47%—are covered by high-deductible plans, up from 25% in 2010. That’s driven up out-of-pocket health spending among people with employer coverage—from $493 in 2007 to $792 in 2017.
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. topped second quarter expectations and raised its 2019 forecast again. The health insurer also said Wednesday that the start of its new pharmacy benefit manager is going better than expected.
Little progress has been made in replacing Anthem Inc. in the Monument Circle building that, until the end of last year, served as headquarters for the Indianapolis-based health insurance giant.
Starting Jan. 1, every U.S. hospital will be required to post standard charges online for every item and service they provide, from bandages and drugs to operating rooms and organ transplants.
Carmel-based American Specialty Health specializes in connecting patients with chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists and others who treat pain without using pharmaceutical drugs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday announced steep funding cuts for sign-up assistance through state-based programs called “navigators.”
Brian Griffin, the leader of Anthem’s new PBM, IngenioRx, quit on May 8 with no warning to become CEO of Michigan-based Diplomat Pharmacy. Now Anthem is scrambling to adjust.
The not-for-profit that helps low-income Hoosiers get health care coverage and social services lost $60 million in 2016 and cut about 80 jobs last year.
Since starting a wellness program in 2010, IndyGo has seen employee participation climb from just a few, skeptical workers to 97 percent of the workforce.