New Data Show Mental Health Claims Continue to Rise in the U.S.

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, a leading provider of data and analytics, today released its latest healthcare data brief highlighting new insights on key mental health trends including the continued increase in claims for mental health care, shifts in telehealth and in-person utilization, and specific diagnoses that have surged between 2019 and 2023. The brief analyzes de-identified medical claims and ...

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Buffett’s Berkshire Reveals $6.7 Billion Stake in Insurer Chubb

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unveiled a $6.7 billion stake in insurer Chubb Ltd., ending months of suspense over its mystery position in a financial firm, previously kept concealed in regulatory filings. Berkshire disclosed the holding in a filing on Wednesday, reflecting its positions at the end of the first quarter. The conglomerate has been ...

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Medicare Advantage Two-Midnight Rule Contributing To Higher Outpatient Revenues

More than 20% of Medicare Advantage patients could be affected by the rule, report finds.

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Like To Bike? Your Knees Will Thank You And You May Live Longer, Too

We are in the middle of National Bike Month, and cycling enthusiasts love to talk up the benefits of their favorite activity. “It’s definitely my longevity drug,” says Brooks Boliek, 65, an avid cyclist of many decades, who used to commute to his office on a bicycle. A substantial body of evidence supports the health benefits ...

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Why Newsom’s Allies In Health Care Are Slamming His Budget

One of Newsom’s proposals is to sweep up an extra $7 billion from the state’s renewed tax on some health plans, called managed care organizations. These funds were initially promised to go toward pay raises for some health care workers and other health care investments.

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Health Costs Threaten To Overshadow Biden’s Historic Coverage Gains

President Biden has come closer than any of his Democratic predecessors to reaching the party's long-standing goal of universal health coverage, but unaffordable care costs may overshadow the achievement.

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Medicare Advantage Risk Assessments Driving Billions In Costs Each Year

Medicare Advantage plans have come under fire for upcoding that can increase the payouts they receive, and regulators point to health risk assessments as a likely culprit in this increase in coding intensity.

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RAND: Hospitals Charged Insurers 254% More Than Medicare Rates In 2022

The gap between insurance plans and Medicare's payments to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services widened over the course of just a couple of years, a new study from RAND Corporation finds.

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Public Health Leaders Push Back Against Gavin Newsom’s Budget Cuts: ‘We Cannot Go Back’

Public health leaders raised alarm at proposed cuts to California’s state and local health departments Monday, calling the proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom “devastating” and “a step backwards.”

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Legal Battle Over Health Costs Could Change Workplace Benefits

An emerging legal battle over workplace health insurance could empower employees to fight back against high costs and put new pressure on their employers. Why it matters: Workers fed up with rising health care costs, which also eat into their wages, are filing lawsuits aiming to hold employers accountable for cutting what they say are bad deals with firms ...

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