Policies with value-based insurance design gained in popularity among US private employer-sponsored plans beginning in the 2000s13,14 and have since gained traction in public policy. For example, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required health plans to include certain preventive drugs and services without cost-sharing, such as certain generic statins.15 More recently, the US federal government has charged the Medicare Advantage program (managed care coverage for older adults) and the TRICARE program (coverage for civilian personnel in the US Department of Defense) to pilot value-based insurance programs that reduce cost-sharing for targeted high-value health services.16,17 No other country explicitly uses value-based insurance design; however, policies more broadly aimed at aligning cost-sharing and value exist in other countries, albeit in different forms (e.g., France uses a form of value-based co-insurance design, wherein the level of co-insurance under the French social ...
Policies with value-based insurance design gained in popularity among US private employer-sponsored plans beginning in the 2000s13,14 and have since gained traction in public policy. For example, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required health plans to include certain preventive drugs and services without cost-sharing, such as certain generic statins.15 More recently, the US federal government has charged the Medicare Advantage program (managed care coverage for older adults) and the TRICARE program (coverage for civilian personnel in the US Department of Defense) to pilot value-based insurance programs that reduce cost-sharing for targeted high-value health services.16,17 No other country explicitly uses value-based insurance design; however, policies more broadly aimed at aligning cost-sharing and value exist in other countries, albeit in different forms (e.g., France uses a form of value-based co-insurance design, wherein the level of co-insurance under the French social ...
Take a patient who has diabetes. If a health plan implements a value-based insurance design (VBID), the employers health plan will cover certain diabetes drugs for a reduced copayment. As a result of that reduced copayment, the patient continues to to use his diabetes drug, and therefore the condition is managed better. The employer and health plan see lower overall health care costs because of reduced complications.. Avalere Health, a consulting company, taking a page from the private insurer playbook, says that Medicare could immediately modernize its benefit structure by incorporating VBID because VBID tailors cost-sharing so that the beneficiary pays less for a needed medication or therapy, making him more likely to use it. The employer and health plan benefit because the patient has fewer costly complications.. The report, Value-Based Insurance Design in the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: An Analysis of Policy Options, points out that Medicare Part D, with its 26 million enrollees, is ...
Value-based insurance design bases cost sharing on a medications clinical value, not its price. This study shows the effectiveness of value-based insurance design.
In an effort to alleviate their rising health care costs, employers have sought to share more of these expenses with their workers. To assess the impact of changes in employee cost-sharing on the use, cost, and quality of preventive and therapeutic care, the project investigators will examine medical claims and personnel data at two or three St. Louis firms for up to 70,000 employees and dependents. The analysis will include a special focus on workers earning low to moderate wages. If this work proceeds satisfactorily, a second phase will be proposed to assess the effect of cost-sharing on emergency room visits, inpatient hospitalization, and mortality. Study findings will inform policymakers and employers about the personal health and financial implications of imposing higher levels of cost-sharing. Cofunders are being sought for this project.. ...
New Alexander-Murray bipartisan bill includes V-BID Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) reached an agreement on Tuesday, October 17th regarding their bipartisan bill to fund key insurance subsidies. The cost-sharing reduction payments reimburse insurance companies for lowering deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income customers. Page 11 of the draft bill language includes a section on value-based insurance designs: (iii) waivers encouraging or requiring health plans in such State to deploy value-based insurance designs which structure enrollee cost-sharing and other health plan design elements to encourage enrollees to consume high-value clinical services; Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) is a potential solution built on the principle of lowering or removing financial barriers to essential, high-value clinical services and providers. V-BID plans align patients out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments and deductibles, with the value of ...
Last week, CMS asked Medicare Advantage Organizations for feedback on Medicare Advantage Value Based Insurance Design model test that will begin on January 1, 2017
This paper develops a model of health insurance that incorporates behavioral biases. In the traditional model, people who are insured overuse low value medical care because of moral hazard. There is ample evidence, though, of a different inefficiency: people underuse high value medical care because they make mistakes. Such behavioral hazard changes the fundamental tradeoff between insurance and incentives. With only moral hazard, raising copays increases the efficiency of demand by ameliorating overuse. With the addition of behavioral hazard, raising copays may reduce efficiency by exaggerating underuse. This means that estimating the demand response is no longer enough for setting optimal copays; the health response needs to be considered as well. This provides a theoretical foundation for value-based insurance design: for some high value treatments, for example, copays should be zero (or even negative). Empirically, this reinterpretation of demand proves important, since high value care is ...
In light of the varied requirements and flexibilities pertaining to the design of benefit packages and to cost-sharing amounts in Medicaid and the Marketplace, and to illustrate the impact of different state policy choices on working people with disabilities, this issue brief considers the rules as they might affect representative individuals in different situations. The rest of this paper presents three profiles of hypothetical working people with disabilities and examines how their benefits and cost-sharing obligations may differ as they move between Medicaid state plan and new adult ABP coverage and between Medicaid and Marketplace QHPs. The analysis focuses on selected categories of benefits that are important to many people with disabilities, including mental health and substance use treatment services, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, and LTSS.. The analysis considers the benefits and cost-sharing rules that apply to newly eligible adults in ...
PERRY COUNTY - The Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District has received a Clean Water Indiana Grant to be used for a cost-sharing program for pasture and land used for hay production. The purpose of this cost-share program is to provide technical and financial assistance to Perry County landowners for pasture and hay land planting this fall. The program is open to all Perry County landowners and offers a cost-share payment of 50 percent of the actual cost for a pasture-hay land planting, not to exceed $150 per acre with a cap of $750 per landowner.
DOWNERS GROVE - The Downers Grove Village Council voted unanimously Tuesday to expand the cost-share program to help churches make capital improvements that would reduce their stormwater fees.
Owen County farmers will soon be able to pick up applications for the new Phase I cost-share program. The program applications will be available for pick-up at the extension office Monday. The deadline for completing the applications and turning them in is Sept. 9.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council has been collecting aerial imagery for the Houston-Galveston metropolitan region since 2000. Imagery is flown by highly qualified orthoimagery companies, and delivered to cost-share participants within 6-8 months of flight times.. ...
Background: Treatment for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) that is not concordant with the NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer has been associated with higher healthcare utilization and payer costs. However, a significant knowledge gap exists regarding the impact of guideline-discordant care on patient cost responsibility. This study examined this question among patients with MBC in the year postdiagnosis. Methods: This retrospective cohort study used data from the SEER-Medicare linked database from 2000 through 2013. Guideline discordance, defined by year-specific NCCN Guidelines, was assessed for first-line antineoplastic treatment and grouped into discrete categories. Patient cost responsibility (deductibles, coinsurance, copayments) in women with MBC were summed for all medical care received in the year postdiagnosis. The difference in patient cost responsibility by guideline discordance status was estimated using linear mixed-effect models. Results: Of 3,709 patients with MBC surviving at least ...
In recent weeks, the market has been inundated with evaluations of value-based insurance design (VBID) so its no surprise that I was asked to comment on a recent study of VBID published in American Health and Drug Benefits. For one large employer, asthma patients who volunteered to participate in a care management program that included…
H.R. 1995. To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for national testing of a model of Medicare Advantage value-based insurance design to meet the needs of chronically ill Medicare Advantage enrollees. In GovTrack.us, a database of bills in the U.S. Congress.
This brief discusses how coverage, federal spending and private premiums could change if the federal government stopped reimbursing insurers for the ACAs cost-sharing reductions.
A continually popular question that I receive is how high can specialty copays be set before patients stop taking their medication? Unfortunately, empirical data to guide the answer to this question is fairly limited. Four studies of elasticity of specialty medications have been published, most examining data from the early to mid-2000s. The first…
It is often argued that cost-sharing -- charging a subsidized, positive price -- or a health product is necessary to avoid wasting resources on those who will not use or do not need the product. We explore this argument through a field experiment in Kenya, in which we randomized the price at which prenatal clinics could sell long lasting anti-malarial insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) to pregnant women. We find no evidence that cost-sharing reduces wastage on those that will not use the product: women who received free ITNs are not less likely to use them than those who paid subsidized positive prices. We also find no evidence that cost-sharing induces selection of women who need the net more: those who pay higher prices appear no sicker than the average prenatal client in the area in terms ...
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After mentioning it for months, President Donald Trump has officially decided to stop paying the cost-sharing reduction subsidies that help insurers keep premiums down for lower-income Americans.
Apr 24, 20 11:50 PM. If the patient had an inhaler and based on the directions it would be a 60 day supply which the insurance charges two copays. He says he cant afford 2. Read More. ...