Enrollment in consumer-driven health plans continues to grow, while HMO and PPO enrollment is one the decline. Consulting firm Mercer offers three factors that are contributing to the shift.
The use of diagnostic imaging has more than doubled since 1996, as has the mean per-capita radiation dose, raising concerns about patients' lifetime cancer risk, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, out of the University of California, San Francisco, however, finds a similar pattern in HMOs, where doctors receive little or no financial incentive.
Medica, the second largest insurer in Minnesota, is teaming up with a local provider to offer a new health insurance plan that might be reminiscent of the HMO model in the 1990s. Beginning April 1,
New research suggests that state and local governments are increasingly shifting from HMO model health plans to PPO models, with plans that require employees to pay more of the tab. Analysts with the
For years, California officials have worked to resolve balance billing disputes--particularly those resulting from emergency department treatment--under which aggrieved doctors bill patients for