Reference pricing examined

Last week the National Institute for Health Care Reform released a research brief, “Reference Pricing: A Small Piece of Health Care Price and Quality Puzzle”.   In the report, the NIHCR reported that reference pricing (or more commonly capping) does offer some “modest” savings among shoppable procedures. The study looked at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CaliPERS) efforts to limit…

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  • Low-cost, limited-choice plans leave consumers satisfied

    Bob Herman reported this week on Modern Healthcare’s business blog that a new study from researchers at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute is out.   They studied narrow-network plans sold in six states’ individual-market exchanges for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Herman’s article is available here. After the first six months, those exchanges are reporting very few complaints from consumers who…

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