In August 2017, UNC Healthcare and Carolinas HealthCare Systems announced a plan to form a new consolidated organization. Was that a promising idea? That’s a question Mike Beck tried to answer in his blog about the merger announcement.
Recently UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina received notice that several hospitals affiliated with Duke LifePoint were up for contract renewal and may lose their in-network status. This can be an alarming and confusing time for covered members who use these facilities as they would now be considered out-of-network under UnitedHealthcare.
Recent trends in the medical stop loss market are showing most stop loss risk managers have been suffering significant losses in the past few years. This can be attributed to an increased number of high cost claimants, newly released specialty medications, and the required removal of lifetime plan maximums due to recent legislative changes to […]
With the popularity of High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) in recent years, many employers offer at least one HDHP. In a nutshell, HDHPs have low monthly premium payments, but have high deductibles. While these HDHP options provide potential cost savings to healthy employers through lower premiums, the real question is: Do employees really understand them?