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Premiums grew average of 10% before reform

Premiums grew by 10 percent or more each year during the pre-Affordable Care Act period of 2008 through 2010, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. In 2008, premiums increased by 9.9 percent, followed by 10.8 percent in 2009 and 11.7 percent in 2010.

ACA will drive more traffic to community health centers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will most likely increase demand for federally qualified health center services, especially in low-income communities, a recent survey revealed. This demand could create the need for more primary care doctors, especially those who are bilingual, as well as more behavioral health and additional clinical staff.

Community health centers making HIT progress

Community health centers have adopted health IT at rates higher than office-based physicians, including large practices and large integrated healthcare systems, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund.

Better MLR compliance reduces consumer rebates

Insurers issued about $513 million in rebates for 2012 under the medical-loss ratio requirement, according to a Commonwealth Fund report released Tuesday. That's half of the amount paid in 2011, showing greater compliance by insurers with the Affordable Care Act's MLR rule.

Healthcare affordability, quality declined during recession

A new report by the Commonwealth Fund concluded that the states have done little to improve access to healthcare, its overall quality, or its costs

Report: Healthcare access, affordability declined from 2007 to 2012

States did little to improve healthcare access, quality, costs and outcomes in the past five years, according to a Commonwealth Fund report. 

Healthcare performance across the nation: The good, the bad and the stagnant

The results are in, and states' healthcare systems received mixed performance reviews in a new Commonwealth Fund scorecard, which assessed states on 42 indicators of access to healthcare, quality, costs and outcomes from 2007 through 2012, excluding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Dual-eligible programs need stronger quality-of-life measures

Test care models that coordinate benefits for dual-eligibles are lacking in quality-of-life measures, which are essential to identifying effective innovations, concludes a new policy brief from The Commonwealth Fund.

Study: Small business exchanges attract competition

Health insurance exchanges for small business have been gaining traction as more insurers choose to sell plans on these marketplaces, according to a Commonwealth Fund study.

Use analytics to unkink patient flow

Managing the patient-visit cycle gives practices the most potential for profitability and efficiency over any other initiative. In addition, smoother patient flow enhances care and improves safety, according to research from the Commonwealth Fund.