Author: Kyle Marshall

 

What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

What to Know and Do About Medical Overtreatment

Have you ever wondered if every medical test or procedure is really necessary? Clearly, some aren’t. The Institute of Medicine says $210 billion is wasted each year on medical overtreatment — tests and procedures that either aren’t necessary or duplicate previous tests. Overtreatment can even happen when you do something as simple as switching doctors. […]
Progress in the March Toward Better Health Care Value

Progress in the March Toward Better Health Care Value

You might not know it, but the odds are increasing that your doctor or hospital is getting paid for the quality of care you receive. The world of medical payments continues to shift in favor of health care value, and away from the volume of procedures performed, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association says […]
Another Private Exchange Opens for Business in NC

Another Private Exchange Opens for Business in NC

Get ready for more options when it comes to choosing your annual health benefits. BCBSNC is launching its first private exchange for North Carolina employers with at least 51 employees. Beginning Sept. 1, the exchange lets employers select up to four different medical plans to offer their employees from a menu of 18 plan options. […]
U.S. Health Care Costs $2.8 Trillion. Do We Get Our Money’s Worth?

U.S. Health Care Costs $2.8 Trillion. Do We Get Our Money’s Worth?

The United States spent $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. So what did we get for our money? A last-place ranking in health quality and efficiency among 11 leading nations, according to a new report. The Commonwealth Fund measured a variety of health rankings and compared the results. Not only did the U.S. fare […]
The Drug That Costs $1,000 a Day — And Why You Should Care

The Drug That Costs $1,000 a Day — And Why You Should Care

You have to love the TV pitchman’s favorite question: “Why pay more?” But it’s no longer good for a chuckle when you find out there’s an actual answer. In the case of Sovaldi, the new hepatitis C drug, someone has to pay more — a lot more — than what the vast majority of other […]
Exchanging Glances: More Employers Looking at Private Exchanges

Exchanging Glances: More Employers Looking at Private Exchanges

The first cycle of enrollments on the new government-run health exchanges is over. The next open enrollment period doesn’t start until November. Which makes this “quiet” period the perfect time to take stock of what’s happening with another new mechanism for obtaining health insurance: The private exchange. Private exchanges are the emerging marketplaces offered by […]
Why Talk Cost? The Health Care Cost Conversation in North Carolina

Why Talk Cost? The Health Care Cost Conversation in North Carolina

By Brad Wilson, CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina I hope you’ve seen or heard about our Let’s Talk Cost initiative. Sometimes people ask me why we are running commercials and promoting a website dedicated to rising health care costs. I think a better question is: Why didn’t we, and others in the […]
The Skinny on Narrow Networks

The Skinny on Narrow Networks

The old marketing phrase “one size fits all” has fallen on hard times. Whether shopping for smartphones or sweaters, consumers want their choices. That’s true even for health insurance. Partly in response to the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are offering consumers more plans to choose from, including plans that keep premiums lower by limiting […]
Let’s Talk Cost: The High Cost of Health Care

Let’s Talk Cost: The High Cost of Health Care

It’s sometimes shocking to see the price of health care. While rising medical costs are one of those issues that everyone agrees needs fixing, no one seems to agree on just how to do it. BCBSNC first began a conversation about health care costs when we launched the Let’s Talk Cost campaign in 2011. Today […]