The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has an “empty shelf” problem: consumers can use their premium subsidies only on the public health insurance exchanges, but insurers are not required to offer any plans on these exchanges.
While a tax on sugary drinks is grabbing the headlines in Philadelphia, several cities and states are exploring other interventions to curb the consumption of sugary drinks, and hopefully reap health benefits. One such proposal is to put warning labels on sugary drinks, or on the advertising for them, calling out adverse health effects, particularly obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
The latest study by LDI Senior Fellow Mitesh Patel and colleagues adds to our growing understanding of how best to frame financial incentives to encourage healthy behaviors, and employer wellness managers should take note.
It is cold outside, but certain health policy debates are hot enough to thaw even snowy Philadelphia. Puns aside, 2016 looks like it will provide no shortage of interesting health policy developments. Here’s what we expect to be talking about in 2016 on Insurance Reform, one of our key research and policy themes.
The nation’s insurance commissioners are set to announce new standards to ensure that consumers are better informed about which providers are in their health plan, and to protect them against the high costs of out-of-network care.
How can we redesign physician incentives to improve their impact on behavior and performance? Recently, the Commonwealth Fund published a round-up of expert views on reforming physician incentives, and one of the experts was LDI Senior Fellow Amol Navathe, MD, PhD. Navathe, a physician, health economist, and engineer, studies how to apply behavioral economic principles to physician financial and non-financial incentives.
What are the chances of getting 101 prominent U.S. economists and health policy experts to agree on something? It seems the embattled Cadillac tax, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that taxes employers for high-cost insurance plans and takes effect in 2018, may have achieved the impossible.
Summer is officially over and Penn, not to mention Congress, is back in session. If your summer didn’t include following every twist and turn of health policy, here’s some of what you missed.
Not every health system can be Kaiser Permanente, but many try. Kaiser’s model of integrated health delivery is highly regarded for high-quality and efficient health care.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates that private health insurance plans cover all FDA-approved prescription contraceptives with no cost-sharing.
Recently we’ve noticed a great deal of emerging research evidence and analysis on provider consolidation and integrated care. An abundance of riches! Here we’ve pulled out the angles of the different analyses and brought together key resources.
Update May 2015
Primary care is critically important for improving health outcomes and promoting public health. LDI Senior Fellows conduct research on primary care that digs deeper into the different components of access - the related but separate concepts of availability, accessibility, accommodation, affordability and acceptability.