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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What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

What are recent trends and characteristics of workers with high drug spending?

Prescription drug spending grew rapidly between 2014 and 2015, but increases have been more modest recently. Several studies by the federal government, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurers point to high prices for new “specialty” drugs as driving the spike, in …

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

A look at how the opioid crisis has affected people with employer coverage

With deaths from opioid overdose rising steeply in recent years, and a large segment of the population reporting knowing someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, the breadth of the opioid crisis should come as no surprise, affecting people …

What do we know about people with high out-of-pocket spending?

What do we know about people with high out-of-pocket spending?

This chart collection explores the distribution of out-of-pocket spending among people with large employer coverage using the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database. We examine trends in out-of-pocket spending by people with employer coverage from 2005 to …

An analysis of who is most at risk for high out-of-pocket health spending

An analysis of who is most at risk for high out-of-pocket health spending

As deductibles in health insurance plans have grown, there is concern about the level of out-of-pocket health costs faced by workers and their families with health insurance. In this brief, we present new analysis of the share of people with …

What are the current costs and outcomes related to mental health and substance use disorders?

What are the current costs and outcomes related to mental health and substance use disorders?

This collection of charts (updated July 31, 2017) explores trends in the prevalence, outcomes, costs, and access to care associated with mental health and substance use disorders in the United States and comparably wealthy countries. A related brief offers discussion …

How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases?

How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases?

This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in the costs of treating diseases. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) disease-based health spending estimates allows users to examine national health spending trends by disease category from 2000 – …

What do we know about cardiovascular disease spending and outcomes in the United States?

What do we know about cardiovascular disease spending and outcomes in the United States?

This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in health outcomes, quality of care, and treatment costs for heart disease and related conditions. Mortality rates have improved dramatically ever since mortality due to coronary heart disease reached its …