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Medicaid: 2 future trends for insurers

Given the inherent complexities associated with the Medicaid population and the huge growth of the program, insurers and states likely will increase their focus on providing behavioral health and coordinating care for dual-eligibles. These are two of five Medicaid trends that will continue in 2014, according to LifeHealthPro.

Information sharing, coordination key to covering ex-prisoners, parolees

To deliver cost-efficient, effective care, health plans must understand the health needs of the criminal justice-involved population, according to a study in the March issue of Health Affairs.

Coverage expansion won't increase behavioral health admissions

Expanded health insurance coverage for young adults doesn't mean they will use more hospital-based care for behavioral health, concludes a study published online yesterday in JAMA Psychiatry.

HHS releases essential health benefits final rule

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a final rule outlining the specific essential health benefits that insurers must cover regardless of whether they're selling plans through health insurance exchanges.

HCSC Exclusive: Intensive medical home cuts high-risk patient costs

Faced with the reality that only 10 percent of all patients drive at least 60 percent of all healthcare costs, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and its Blues plans have taken action to lower...

Aetna sells wellness kits at Best Buy stores

Aetna is joining forces with Best Buy to sell four of its most popular wellness kits direct to shoppers at the electronic retailer. The pilot sales program, announced Friday, will sell Aetna's online

Pilot addresses root cause of illnesses--patients' finances

The unrelenting stress of the poor U.S. housing market is having a noticeable and negative impact on public health, according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. According

Aetna, Blues plans expand mental health access

The interim final rule implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 went into effect April 5, but insurers aren't stopping at ensuring pricing parity for mental