Top 15 global articles and reports for 2016

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The most viewed articles worldwide in 2016 covered topics including pensions, student loans, value-based payments—and Pokemon Go. There were also pieces on Solvency II, encounter data standards, and managed care regulations. The top 15 global articles and reports for the year are below.


Financial analysis of ACA health plan issuers, By Daniel J. Perlman and David M. Liner

A summary of 2014 risk mitigation estimates with actual amounts published by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.


Telemedicine and the long-tail problem in healthcare, By Jeremy Kush and Susan Philip

A potential solution to access barriers can be telemedicine.

Healthcare Access: Illustration of the Long-Tail Problem


Public Pension Funding Study, By Rebecca A. Sielman

The Milliman Public Pension Funding Study annually explores the funded status of the 100 largest U.S. public pension plans, and we report the plan sponsor’s own assessment of how well funded a plan is.


Life insurance risks: Observations on Solvency II and the modeling of capital needs, By Stephen H. Conwill

There has been an explosive growth in potential applications of data analytics, predictive algorithms, and behavioral modeling to challenges related to insurance risk. This paper describes several key ideas that serve as building blocks for a new analytical framework.


Encounter data standards: Implications for state Medicaid agencies and managed care entities from final Medicaid managed care rule, By Jeremy Cunningham, Maureen Tressel Lewis, and Paul R. Houchens

Relative to other sources of data that may be used in developing capitation rates—summarized managed care entity (MCE) utilization and cost experience, fee-for-service data, statutory financial statements, etc.—encounter data provides the most transparent view of an MCE’s provision of healthcare services.


Student loan debt update: A look at a possible future, By Katherine A. Pipkorn and Michael A. Henk

Student loan debt is a key concern underlying the country’s economic stability.


Institution for Mental Disease (IMD) as an "in lieu of" service, By Mat DeLillo

Institutions for Mental Disease will continue to be a topic of interest to state policy makers as they bolster the continuum of behavioral health and substance use disorder services.


Pokémon Go and augmented reality: Not all fun and games, By Michael A. Henk

Pokémon Go may generate extreme levels of distractedness while posing a new front for cyber risk.


DFS Moneyball: Beating daily fantasy sports with predictive analytics, By Michael A. Henk and Nicholas Blaubach

Daily fantasy sports contests continue to sweep the globe despite well documented and yet to be resolved concerns regarding legality.


Next Generation ACO Model: Should we take the plunge?, By Charlie Mills, Cory Gusland, and Noah Champagne

Five key considerations that all accountable care organizations (ACOs) should closely review before deciding whether or not to use the Next Generation ACO Model.


Pass-through payment guidance in final Medicaid managed care regulations: Transitioning to value-based payments, By Andrew Gaffner, Carmen Laudenschlager, and Christine M. Mytelka

An overview of pass-through payment provisions in the new Medicaid managed care regulations, including the rationale and phase-out timing of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


Pension Funding Study, By Alan H. Perry, Charles J. Clark, John W. Ehrhardt, and Zorast Wadia

In a tumultuous year that buffeted pension plans with volatile markets and interest rate movement, the 100 largest corporate defined benefit pension plans made little progress in 2015.


Pension Funding Index, By John W. Ehrhardt and Zorast Wadia

Monthly reports on the funded status of the 100 largest corporate defined benefit pension plans as measured by the Milliman 100 Pension Funding Index.


G100 Discount Rates, By Craig McCulloch and Danny L. Quant

The paper assesses whether the Australian corporate bond market meets the requirements as outlined in Australian Accounting Standard 119 and determines a methodology to derive a full discount rate curve allowing for possible limitations in available market data.


Milliman Medical Index, By Christopher S. Girod, Scott A. Weltz, and Susan K. Hart

In 2016, the cost of healthcare for a typical American family of four covered by an average employer-sponsored preferred provider organization plan is $25,826, according to the Milliman Medical Index.

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