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New Toolkit on Health Care Consolidation

There were 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector in 2014 at a value of $387 billion, both record highs. A new Alliance for Health Reform toolkit, “Health Care Consolidation,” looks at the drivers behind this trend, as well as implications for key players in the health care system and regulatory issues surrounding the issue.  Critics argue that consolidation could have a harmful impact on consumers, including higher costs, while others say some amount of activity is necessary to reshape the health care industry following changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Tools for Patients: Interview Video

In an interview video featuring Benjamin Moulton, senior vice president for policy and advocacy at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Robin Gelburd, president of FAIR Health, and Tim Skeen, vice president of marketplace solutions in the information technology division of Anthem, panelists from a September 21 briefing, “Tools for Patients: Data, Technology, and Communication in Patient-Centered Care,” discuss how to create a more consumer-friendly and patient-centered health care system.

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Recent Briefings

In 2014, there were a total of 1,299 mergers and acquisitions in the health care sector – a record number, up from 1,035 the year before. This briefing discussed the driving forces behind this recent increase in consolidation; the scope and extent of consolidation among doctors, hospitals and insurers; implications for consumers and other stakeholders; and the roles of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.  Read More

Evidence shows that medication adherence—the extent to which a person takes medications as prescribed by their health care providers—is associated with improved health care outcomes for many costly chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. However, only 50% percent of Americans are estimated to take their medications as prescribed, and non-adherence is estimated to result in added direct and indirect costs to the healthcare system of over $300 billion per year. The challenges and policy questions surrounding medication adherence affect Medicare, Medicaid, and the private sector – and offer a window into broader questions surrounding the ability of our health care system to coordinate care, particularly for people with multiple chronic conditions. In this briefing, top experts from the public and private sectors explored key policy, practical, and research questions surrounding medication adherence and management of medications: Read More

Behavioral health conditions, including mental health issues and substance use disorders, affect nearly one in five Americans and account for $57 billion in health care costs annually. This briefing discussed current initiatives to integrate behavioral and physical health care services in order to improve quality of care and reduce overall health care costs.  Read More

Health Care Consolidation

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Video from Reporter Roundtable on Open Enrollment III

On October 5, speakers at a reporter roundtable held at the National Press Club on open enrollment III provided the latest information about premium trends and drivers, health plan availability and new comparison tools for consumers to use in choosing health plans. They discussed trends in the role of navigators and brokers, and increasing consumer expectations, particularly around the ease of the process.

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Toolkit on Connection Between Health and Housing

A new Alliance toolkit, “The Connection between Health and Housing: The Evidence and Policy Landscape,” provides a detailed look into federal, state and local initiatives, as well as cost implications for health and housing programs.

Attempts to tie health and housing policy are gaining momentum, amid evidence that housing, a social determinant of health, is an important factor in the health status of various populations. More than 610,000 people experience homelessness in the U.S., and over 250,000 individuals within that population have a severe mental illness or a chronic substance use disorder, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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