The much-anticipated Surprise Billing Rule scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2022, has added another rule that could slow the growth of premiums. The rule prevents arbitration settlements at higher rates that insurers have contracted to pay.
The arbitration rule states that the arbitrator should choose the amount “closest to the median in-network rate negotiated by insurers for that type of care.” Other factors, while taken into consideration, are not given equal weight. Read more details here.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Major insurers including Anthem and UnitedHealthcare are behind paying insurance claims to hospitals and doctors. This issue is straining hospital finances and often putting patients in the position of advocating for themselves with insurers or risk being stuck with the bill. Read more about this issue.
Source: USA TODAY
When designing a benefits plan it’s important to include diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Here are four ways you can build DEI into your plans.
Louisiana Health System is charging employees with unvaccinated spouses a $200 monthly premium. Ochsner Health System in Louisiana is charging employees a $200 per month premium for health care coverage for an unvaccinated spouse or partner.
Oschner is a self-insured organization and carries the cost of Covid treatments for those on its health insurance plan. The move is the latest in a trend for employers and insurers to encourage vaccination and cover extra costs of Covid care for those who remain unvaccinated. Read more about this.
Source: NBC News
Your benefits plan rollout is the best time to share the good news about your plan offerings and inform your team about how to access those benefits. Here are five best practices for a successful rollout.