out-of-pocket costs

Opinion: Cost transparency improves collections and boosts satisfactionConsider providing cost estimates prior to rendering care to increase collections, patient satisfaction.
Aggressive price growth pushes healthcare spending upRise in use of outpatient care and professional services contributed to quicker growth in spending for the privately insured over previous years.
Four ways Medicare Part D has affected costs for diabetic patientsUnderstand Medicare Part D’s design and its coverage gap to offer the most affordable prescription drug options for patients.
Top 10 states with the highest uninsured ratesA new report highlights the highest uninsured rates by state. Is your state among the top 10?
Copay assistance programs: Managed care pros and consDo copay assistance program offer a long-term solution for patients? Experts weigh in.
Don't overlook vaccines in value-based benefit designA new study highlights why vaccination costs should be a top consideration when evaluating benefit offerings.
Drug spending rising at slower pacePBM Express Scripts shares findings from its new Drug Trend Report.
Antidepressant drug coverage may require special handlingA new Urban Institute study looks at the availability of antidepressants in marketplace insurance plans.
Drug adherence low for patients new to diabetes therapyMany studies have shown that nonadherence to medications is associated with numerous adverse outcomes (including hospitalizations, higher costs, and increased mortality).
New study says cancer survivors incur debt and have to tap alternate sources of income to pay for treatmentThe average cancer survivor with insurance incurs $712 in monthly bills for physician copayments, prescription drugs and other expenses related to treatment, according to a new study from Washington National’s Institute for Wellness Solutions.