Articles by Brian Eastwood

AHIP turns attention to finding CEO to replace Karen Ignagni

Now that America's Health Insurance Plans' annual conference has come and gone, the industry's lobbying group has turned its attention to its next major task--replacing longtime President and CEO Karen Ignagni.

Payers push for pay-for-performance prescription prices

Insurers are turning to familiar terminology in their latest effort to thwart rising prescription drug prices: Pay for performance.

How peer connections can improve health plan consumer engagement

The Government Employees Health Association's efforts to address the health needs of its roughly 85,000 moderate-risk members aim to strike a balance between frequent interventions for high-risk members and the casual care reminders that low-risk members get.

Humana deal will benefit payers at expense of providers

The health insurance industry consolidation that a Humana sale would bring stands to benefit payers while challenging hospitals and providers.

Cloud-based version of may save states after King v. Burwell

States that find themselves in need of an insurance exchange in the wake of the King v. Burwell verdict may be in luck thanks to a cloud-based version of

Medicare growth strains healthcare system

As the Baby Boomer population enters its Medicare years, beneficiaries tend to be sicker than their predecessors. They also live longer. The combination will strain both beneficiaries themselves and the Medicare system at large.

How health plans can use technology to improve consumer engagement

As the health insurance market continues its shift to consumer-driven health plans, payers gain an edge by implementing technology that improves consumer engagement as well as the management and delivery of benefits.

AHIP: Payers team up to reduce administrative waste

At the America's Health Insurance Plans AHIP Institute, executives from three of the nation's largest payers discussed how their individual efforts to modernize business processes led them to work with the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare to set standards that the rest of the industry could adopt.

At AHIP Institute, collaboration is the name of the game

Many relationships in healthcare can best be described as adversarial. Patients often distrust payers and don't understand how the healthcare system or their own provider organization works....

AHIP: Bill Clinton calls for cooperative approach to healthcare reform

Former President Bill Clinton called for an inclusive and collaborative approach to healthcare reform in his closing keynote address for the America's Health Insurance Plans AHIP Institute.