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The U.S. hospitals with the highest markup of prices are charging some patients more than 10 times the rates allowed under Medicare, a study shows. The research examined the 50 hospitals in the country that marked up prices the most as of 2012. Read more.
The fate of President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law may depend on how long Anthem Inc. and Aetna Inc. are willing to wait before starting to make money off of PPACA. The two insurers are on the hot seat now that UnitedHealth Group Inc. appears unlikely to linger as a seller on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s government-run markets. Read more.
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurance company, says it's considering dropping out of the public exchanges that are an integral part of the Affordable Care Act, because it's losing money on them. The company also said it will "pull back" on marketing of the products it sells on the exchanges, while it decides what to do. Read more.
Though they are expected to make better choices with fewer dollars, most insured consumers lack the knowledge they need to become smarter health care shoppers — not to mention smarter managers of their own health. Seventy five percent do not price shop for medical services before scheduling them. Read more.
New data from consulting firm Aon Hewitt show that health care costs for mid-sized and large companies rose 3.2 percent in 2015, the smallest increase since 1996. The amount employees have to pay in premiums and out-of-pocket costs, though, hit a record of nearly $4,700 — and that figure will rise by another $370 next year, it forecast. Read more.