Health Spending

Employer strategies to reduce health costs and improve quality through network configuration

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Employer strategies to reduce health costs and improve quality through network configuration

Collectively, employers are the largest purchaser of health care in the United States, providing benefits for over 153 million people.  There is considerable interest in how employers can use their purchasing power to improve quality and reduce cost in the healthcare system. Employer plans typically include plan networks, in which enrollees face lower out-of-pocket expenses […]

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Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

Tracking the rise in premium contributions and cost-sharing for families with large employer coverage

As health costs rise, enrollees in large employer plans face higher health spending both through rising premium contributions and increased cost-sharing when they use services. On average, health spending by families with large employer health plans has increased two times …

How does prescription drug spending and use compare across large employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

How does prescription drug spending and use compare across large employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

Prescription drug costs are a pressing concern for both consumers and policymakers. Rising drug prices affect patients’ out-of-pocket costs as well as the budgets of private and public payers, though the challenges vary by payer. This analysis compares prescription drug …

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?

The cost of prescription drugs has become a hot-button issue with consumers and policymakers.  One in four people taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording their medication and recent Kaiser Family Foundation opinion polling has found bipartisan support for government action …

How has U.S. spending on healthcare changed over time?

How has U.S. spending on healthcare changed over time?

This chart collection explores recently released National Health Expenditure (NHE) data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These data offer insight into changes in health spending over time as well as the driving forces behind spending growth.…