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Milliman healthcare insight

15 November 2021 - By Spencer Marshall, Charlie Mills

We cover the key issues insurers and providers need to be thinking about in advance of Jan. 1, when the law takes effect

12 November 2021 - By Joanne Buckle

By applying a systematic approach, health insurers can attempt to estimate the relative cost and mortality impact of different climate-related perils and their long-term impact.

12 November 2021 - By Joanne E. Fontana, Tory Carver, Rachel W. Madden

We detail key considerations for adding dental to Medicare Part B or as a separate offering.

08 November 2021 - By Samantha J. D’Anna, Nolan S Kurtz

Understanding beneficiary characteristics helps key entities in the Part D program provide services that maximize value for the populations they serve.

08 November 2021 - By Penny Edlund

Design and implementation of new care models mean a major undertaking for many plans, yet optimizing their value could bring substantial rewards for MCOs.

08 November 2021 - By Sanjay Mohan

It’s almost a sure bet that the process of disruptive innovation will improve healthcare, as it has for so many other industries.

04 November 2021 - By David Koenig, Robert J. Pipich, Michael J. Polakowski

Deferred or avoided care in 2020 can cause lower risk scores and revenue in 2021, which needs to be considered when developing projections for 2023

03 November 2021 - By Brian A. Sweatman, Louisa Bonds

We cover the basics of capitation and explore some of the challenges that are unique to commercial health insurance lines of business.

01 November 2021 - By Matthew Smith, Brent Jensen, Colleen Norris, Jacob Anderson

We look at the available data for how ACOs have performed and evolved over time to better understand what MSSP features may be associated with financial success.

29 October 2021 - By Brian N. Anderson, Rebekah D. Bayram, Marc Guieb

Highlights include CVS Health and OptumRx announcement, White House action plan, and FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster doses.

26 October 2021 - By Mike A. Bergerson, Andrew H. Dalton, Andrew Duxbury, Robert Eaton, James G. Stoltzfus

The Society of Actuaries Research Institute retained Milliman, Inc. (Milliman) to conduct a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care (LTC) insurance mortality, voluntary lapse, and morbidity experience.

26 October 2021 - By Jim Mulshine, Bruce S. Pyenson

Making screening for lung cancer as common as those for breast and colorectal cancer would substantially reduce the death rate of the disease.

22 October 2021 - By Frederick (Fritz) Busch, Dustin J. Grzeskowiak

We outline key product considerations for those designing, developing, managing, or purchasing primary-care subscription-based products.

08 October 2021 - By Christopher J. Giese, Allen J. Schmitz, Kevin Brown, Annie Gunnlaugsson

First in a series of articles, we discuss the features of public long-term care programs and actuarial considerations surrounding them.

07 October 2021 - By Jill Van Den Bos, Shelley Moss

While some employers have started to charge the unvaccinated as much as $200 more in premium per member per month, we estimate a modest gap of about $9 to $46

30 September 2021 - By Julia M. Friedman, Mary G. Yeh

We discuss five key takeaways from our analysis of optional supplemental benefits offered by Medicare Advantage Organizations over the last four years

30 September 2021 - By Joanne E. Fontana, Connie Tang

Monitoring the most popular dental benefits and determining why beneficiaries are switching plans will help MA organizations understand their consumers better.

29 September 2021 - By Marc Guieb

We cover the industry highlights, including news items, FDA approvals and launches, and clinical trials.

29 September 2021 - By Courtney R. White

We cover the basics of offering employer group waiver plans (EGWPs) and the potential opportunities for health plans to enroll employer group retirees.

28 September 2021 - By Lalit Baveja

A duty of care beyond statistics and numbers is often the subject of focus when discussing workforce health.

28 September 2021 - By Lalit Baveja

Understand the influence that activities measured by wearable devices may have on overall levels of health, based on how significant the HRAs consider these activities to be.

27 September 2021 - By Courtney R. White

We answer the question: How do recent trends in inflation impact healthcare?

27 September 2021 - By Ellyn Russo

Influenza cases dropped to historic lows in 2020. In this podcast episode, Milliman analyzes health insurance data to explore this health care trend and its implications.

20 September 2021 - By Joel S. Chansky, Michael C. Meehan

We illustrate a captive insurance program using health insurance that a company provides to its employees.

16 September 2021 - By Rong Yi, Wendy Liu

Learn how Diagnosis Related Groups could be a good solution for China's healthcare reform proposals as payment methodology.

15 September 2021 - By Erica Reijula, Adam Singleton, Joseph Boschert, Mike Gaal, David C. Lewis

Learn about challenges surrounding hospital price transparency data and if meaningful information exists.

14 September 2021 - By Kathryn Rains-McNally, John M. Pickering

Recent changes in health plan and hospital transparency rules have potential to expand transparency to commercial market.

31 August 2021 - By Marc Guieb

Pharmacy Briefing is a monthly summary of select U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals and launches, treatment guidelines and research updates, and other newsworthy events that have the potential to impact commercial drug utilization or costs.

18 August 2021 - By Joanne Buckle

Examine different facets of health insurance through an eco-friendly lens.

18 August 2021 - By Brian N. Anderson, David Cusick

Milliman’s Payment Integrity Tool and Mastercard’s AI Express Tool identified $239 million in healthcare fraud, waste and abuse.

17 August 2021 - By David Bahlinger, Stuart D. Rachlin

We surveyed 20 key players to gauge the impact of the pandemic on the industry, providing a benchmark for all on various elements of the business.

16 August 2021 - By Rong Yi

Despite slowdown in population growth, China’s commercial health insurance market still has a lot of room to grow for the foreseeable future.

10 August 2021 - By David P. Mirkin, William J. Fox

Historically low MLRs give commercial insurers a unique opportunity to make targeted investments in quality improvement and efficiency measures.

04 August 2021 - By Anders Larson, Mackenzie Egan, Robbie Richards, Cory Gusland

We analyzed recent MSSP results for ACOs, and found that drivers of recent success are quite different from our report in 2015, and in some cases the opposite.

04 August 2021 - By Lalit Baveja, Deepika Jain

We summarise different methodologies adopted by healthcare stakeholders to measure medication adherence, and offer some advancements in standardizing this critical metric.

02 August 2021 - By Robert L. Schmidt, Eric Walters

We present our latest numbers on how much healthcare will cost retirees going forward.

30 July 2021 - By Dr. Leena Chakma Laloo, Lalit Baveja

With an urgent need to bring cost inflation into a sustainable range, we examine best practices in reducing spending, while maintaining or improving patient outcomes.

19 July 2021 - By Robert Eaton, Missy Gordon

This podcast episode explores aging-in-place, including potential policy changes, implications for payers and policyholders, recent innovations, and trends such as telehealth.

07 July 2021 - By Jeremy D. Palmer, Christopher T. Pettit, Ian M. McCulla, Cameron Kinnick

We review various key metrics, such as the composite underwriting ratio increasing to 3% in 2020 due to COVID-19, versus less than 1% in other years.

01 July 2021 - By Andy McBeth, Charlie Mills, Danjie Zhou

We estimate 2021 commercial reimbursement for medical services to be about 190% of fully-loaded Medicare, with a big difference between facility and professional.

28 June 2021 - By Ellyn Russo, Thomas Pu, David V. Williams, Melody Craff, Jennifer R. Cohen

Did the influenza virus also follow stay-at-home orders for 2020-21 season? We offer three hypotheses to explain a 94% drop in cases.

22 June 2021 - By Austin Barrington, Joseph Boschert, Mike Gaal, David C. Lewis

Stragglers to the party: Only 61% of providers have posted machine-readable files, and there’s a wide variance of data quality among those reporting.

17 June 2021 - By Garry Simmons , Tammy McAllister, Ryan Hart

We take the pulse of group health plans: Our survey shows how companies are positioning their offerings as life returns to a new normal.

04 June 2021 - By Elizabeth Anne Jackson, Brenda Runyan, Luke Metz, James Kenney

Evaluating multiyear payment arrangements? Assess retention rates for patients with rare diseases.

02 June 2021 - By Greg O. Callahan, Marc Guieb

With PBMs, is it best to go with a standard or custom formulary, or a hybrid of the two? We discuss the considerations to help plan sponsors choose the best option.

27 May 2021 - By Paul R. Houchens, David M. Liner, Annie Man, Andrew L. Naugle, Doug Norris, Scott A. Weltz

Our 2021 healthcare trends report predicts that healthcare spending will grow by 8.4% to $28,256 for a family of four.

21 May 2021 - By Christopher J. Giese, Annie Gunnlaugsson, Evan Pollock

LTC brief: The number of individuals with long-term care insurance slightly declined over the years, but private claim counts rose over 50% over the past decade, surpassing 275,000 in 2019.

17 May 2021 - By Calvin Chou

San Francisco treat: What employers need to know about the city’s health care security ordinance to do it right, and avoid financial penalties.

14 May 2021 - By Bradley J. Piper, Emily J. Vandermause

Good benefit and premium design can drive enrollment growth for startup MAOs looking to ramp up membership in Medicare Advantage plans .

10 May 2021 - By Robert Eaton, Kenneth L. Clark

Explore how bundling Medicare Supplement (Medigap) and short-term care products may provide a complementary hedge of certain policyholder behavior risks.

04 May 2021 - By Teresa K. Wilder, Ali LaRocco

This paper explores the racial inequities in the oral healthcare delivery system, found from the Healthy People 2020 plan.

03 May 2021 - By Greg O. Callahan, Marc Guieb, Dustin Pollastro

A review of best practices for plan sponsors in evaluating clinical programs offered by pharmacy benefit managers.

01 May 2021 - By Kenneth L. Clark, Robert Eaton

This article describes Medicare Supplement and short-term care products in more detail, and we compare their risk profiles.

01 May 2021 - By Robert Eaton, Dr. Anitha Rao

This paper describes the results of our analysis into how the supply of neurology specialists for diagnosis and care of ADRD, as captured by Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Neurology Desert Index (ANDI) scores, relates to historical LTCI cognitive claims.

26 April 2021 - By Sinéad Clarke, Kevin Manning

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has had numerous impacts on health systems worldwide, with extra support needed globally to address the healthcare needs associated with the pandemic.

23 April 2021 - By Bradley J. Piper, Emily J. Vandermause

Why Medicare Advantage plans should focus continuously on achieving high star ratings.

21 April 2021 - By Paul R. Houchens, Andrew Dilworth, Liam Plunkitt

This report provides an analysis of the recently released 2020 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard.

20 April 2021

Milliman Focus: An update on important work we’re doing with respect to long-term care.

19 April 2021 - By Alexander Krauskopf , Katrin Hoellering, Alexandra Pflumm

How machine learning algorithms can serve as good predictors of future claims cost for chronic diseases.

16 April 2021 - By Jason Cai, Matthew Smith

What health plans need to know about Medicare Advantage financial reconciliation.

13 April 2021 - By Sean Silva, Michael Halford , Kathryn Elizabeth Mohr

Plan sponsors have several items to consider regarding the timing and implications of new surprise billing measures passed by Congress.

12 April 2021 - By Garry Simmons , Tammy McAllister

Milliman pulse survey uncovers key benefit trends shaped by COVID-19.

08 April 2021 - By Jason Karcher, Andrew M. Keeley, Steven Rounsley

We examine the effects of recent federal funding on payment rates for evaluation and management services.

07 April 2021 - By Robert Eaton

Learn more about Brella offering supplemental health insurance, and why actuaries working as product designers provides value to customers from Robert Eaton and Veer Gidwaney.

06 April 2021 - By Paul R. Houchens, Zach Hunt

Composite underwriting margins remain near highs for the individual market, and steady for group insurance.

05 April 2021 - By Austin Barrington, Joseph Boschert, Mike Gaal, David C. Lewis

Early days of hospital price transparency: two-thirds of providers have posted key metrics.

05 April 2021 - By Penny Edlund, Anikia Nelson, Melody Craff, Maureen Tressel Lewis

Our study of racial disparities in cardiovascular disease contributes new research and approaches toward achieving healthcare equity.

05 April 2021 - By Frederick (Fritz) Busch, Dustin J. Grzeskowiak, Garry Simmons

Offering direct primary care gains traction for self-funded employers.

01 April 2021 - By Robert Eaton

The 2020 Long‐Term Care (LTC) Medical Symposium was a two half‐day conference that extracted the thinking of leading experts on historical and future trends that will influence LTC insurance (LTCI) claim expectations.

23 March 2021 - By Robert Eaton, James G. Stoltzfus, Andrew H. Dalton, Mike A. Bergerson

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) retained Milliman, Inc. (Milliman) to conduct a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Long-Term Care (LTC) insurance mortality, voluntary lapse, and morbidity experience.

22 March 2021 - By Mike A. Bergerson, Missy Gordon, John Hebig, Joe Long

How new approaches to model visualization can support greater understanding of results.

22 March 2021 - By Mary Pat Stemnock, Jeremy Hoffman, Jeremy Cunningham

Increasing treatment options for substance-use disorders could help break the cycle of recidivism among individuals in the justice system.

17 March 2021 - By Frederick (Fritz) Busch, Jason Karcher, Josh Fink, Barbara Collier, Jason K. Sciborski

ACA subsidy increases translate to more affordability and new opportunities for carriers.

17 March 2021 - By Smitha Radhakrishna

Our quick guide for self-insured employers for combating healthcare costs recommends disease management programs, proactive health-management tools, and on-site clinics.

17 March 2021 - By Amelia Lisi

Some thoughts on how managed care organizations can use technology to bolster remote care and lower costs.

17 March 2021 - By Josh Reinstein, Phil Ellenberg

Hospital price transparency: The impact of the shoppable file.

16 March 2021 - By Jill S. Herbold

States with higher nursing home penetration rates may have a significant opportunity to reduce costs and improve patient satisfaction.

11 March 2021 - By Scott McEachern, Patrick Cambel

Five reasons why RFPs with PBMs should be a regular practice to help control Rx costs.

11 March 2021 - By Julia M. Friedman

How Medicare Advantage plans reacted to enrollment expansion to patients with End-Stage Renal Disease.

05 March 2021 - By Alison Counihan, Edward Jhu, Lalit Baveja

This paper considers the role of reimbursement mechanisms, and particularly diagnosis-related groups price adjustors, in directing general policy and specifically in the role of value-based healthcare.

04 March 2021 - By Jason Karcher, Troy M. Filipek, Brandy N. Millen

The implications of Rutledge v. PCMA for pharmacy benefit managers and employers.

03 March 2021 - By Jason Karcher, Doug Norris, Kelsey Benz

Possible impacts of the COVID-19 relief legislation on private health coverage.

01 March 2021 - By Noah Champagne, Jonah Broulette, Catherine M. Murphy-Barron

How Direct Contracting presents an opportunity for Medicare Advantage plans.

01 March 2021 - By Julia M. Friedman

COVID-19 creates a compelling environment for Medicare Advantage telehealth offerings.

25 February 2021 - By Stephen P. Melek, Stoddard Davenport

How the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 affects MHPAEA.

24 February 2021 - By Luke B.G. Roth , Jessica Naber, Luke Metz, Nina Nikolova

An analysis of hospital care for the uninsured in the United States shows charity care costs are rising.

24 February 2021 - By Amy Kwong , Bruce S. Pyenson, Feven Asefaha, Hanaa Siddiqi

How current Part D risk scores could interact with point-of-sale rebates.

23 February 2021 - By Joanne E. Fontana

Harnessing the value of dental plans: Why it’s worth revisiting this key employee benefit.

19 February 2021 - By Harsha Mirchandani, Samantha Tomicki, Rebecca Smith, Rebecca L. Johnson, Sally Maraldo, Andrew Yang

We describe significant racial disparities in access to preventive diabetes care.

19 February 2021 - By Darin Muse, Nancy Gu

Our analysis on how COVID-19 affects Medicare Advantage star-rating calculations for 2021 and 2022.

17 February 2021 - By David G. Hayes, Courtney R. White

This paper discusses how a provider-sponsored MCO and its parent health system can team together to create a unique player in the health insurance landscape, using major levers and how they can impact the success of each organization.

17 February 2021 - By Dustin J. Grzeskowiak, Chris Lewis, Nathan Smith

CMS launches Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model to reduce non-low-income (NLI) beneficiary cost sharing for insulin products distributed under the Medicare Part D benefit.

17 February 2021 - By Joanne Buckle, Natasha Singhal

England benchmarking of inpatient admissions identifies value opportunities.

16 February 2021 - By Adam Feller, Kate Herbig, Kevin Pierce, Matthew Hayes

Is it worth revisiting the Medicare Part D Payment Modernization Model?

11 February 2021 - By Michelle N. Angeloni, Michael E. Saypoff , Patricia A. Zenner

Starting a Medicare Advantage plan can be risky, but it can be a successful endeavor for organizations that are able to successfully manage the key drivers of profitability: claim costs, administrative expenses, and revenue.

08 February 2021 - By Nicholas Johnson, Sam Shellabarger, Annie Hallum

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid introduced the Direct Contracting entity for individuals dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare in December 2020.

05 February 2021 - By Peter Fielek, Erik Huth, Jason J. Petroske

This paper aims to provide insights and options for estimating key Affordable Care Act risk adjustment factors and increasing the level of confidence in the projection process.

04 February 2021 - By Nicholas Johnson, Sam Shellabarger, Annie Hallum

This white paper summarizes the new Direct Contracting option that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced in December 2020.

04 February 2021 - By Noah Champagne, Matthew Emery

To succeed in the Medicare Advantage (MA) space, provider-based MA plans face the challenge of providing affordable, efficient healthcare to Medicare beneficiaries without cutting into their own revenue flow.

04 February 2021 - By Tony F. Bloemer, Richard C. Frese, Timothy C. Vosicky

The application of Illinois House Bill 3360 to medical liability losses will have significant impacts.

01 February 2021 - By Mike Gaal, Jason Karcher, Maryellen Vargas

Employers should understand how reference-based pricing programs work and the potential risks associated with them before transitioning.

01 February 2021 - By Annie Man, Marina Zen

This paper discusses five reasons why Medicaid-focused insurers may benefit from having a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act line of business post-COVID-19.

25 January 2021 - By Ari D. Kramer, Bradley J. Piper, Emily J. Vandermause

This article looks at the growth of 28 MAOs that entered the market five years ago from the service area and product portfolio perspective.

22 January 2021 - By Matthew Emery, Howard Kahn, Devin McCall, William M. Sayre, Stuart Silverman

This paper introduces life insurance investment strategies and how many of these same concepts can be applied to healthcare insurers and providers to better manage their overall risk profiles and potentially increase future returns on investment.

21 January 2021 - By Kathryn V. Fitch, Jonah Broulette, Kyle King

There is significant variation in skilled nursing facility (SNF) average length of stay among Medicare beneficiaries admitted to an SNF after an acute inpatient hospital stay, and this variation is unexplained by differences in patient case mix, highlighting the opportunity for more efficient management of length of stay.

13 January 2021 - By Ari D. Kramer, Bradley J. Piper, Emily J. Vandermause

This paper identifies 28 Medicare Advantage Organization startups and follows each for five years to understand their enrollment growth.

12 January 2021 - By Marlene Howard, Jessica Bertolo, Clay Holman

Medicaid has an important role to play in ensuring coverage of and access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

12 January 2021 - By Stoddard Davenport

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred—and aggravated—a range of mental health and substance use issues in the United States, and Milliman’s Stoddard Davenport discusses recent statistics on the topic and what the road ahead may look like for mental health in America.

08 January 2021 - By Brent Jensen, Matthew Smith

As we move into 2021 and hopefully out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be interesting to see the impact on the trends of alternative payment models.

08 January 2021 - By Coleen Young, Hugh Larson, Annie Man

Recent Direct Contracting adjustments have created an opportunity for organizations considering becoming Direct Contracting Entities to attract physicians who might not have been interested previously.

08 January 2021 - By Madeleine Cline, Jake Klaisner, Michelle Klein, Hillary H. Millican

Does Amazon Pharmacy's new service disrupt, conform, or lay groundwork for future transformation?

05 January 2021

This article lists the top 10 most read articles on the Milliman Ireland website in 2020.

04 January 2021 - By Joanne Buckle, Jennifer R. Cohen, Peter Gregor, Nicholas Kallis, Qiuwen Peng

What is the current status of telehealth in major geographic markets, including the US, Europe and Asia?

04 January 2021 - By Matthew J. Kramer, Sam Shellabarger, Erica Reijula

This white paper compares and contrasts the financial benchmark methodology between the Direct Contracting Global and Professional options and the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

04 January 2021 - By Phil Ellenberg, Shyam Kolli, Tushar Makhija, Greg Sgrosso

This report summarizes the CY 2019 experience of selected financial metrics of organizations reporting Medicare experience under the Title XVIII Medicare line of business on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Annual Statement.

30 December 2020 - By Pamela M. Pelizzari, Suzanne Taranto, Eric Buzby

This paper looks at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's bundled, or episode-based payment models and finds opportunities for employers, challenges in implementation, and services to target.

29 December 2020 - By Joseph Boschert, Jonathan Wood

Brokers and carriers should recognize the value in looking at medical costs when helping members with plan selection.

28 December 2020 - By Les Kartchner, Brent Jensen

What are some considerations for employers as new COVID-19 vaccines are made available?

24 December 2020 - By John M. Pickering, David C. Lewis, Mike Hamachek, Austin Barrington

What are some of the challenges that exist when it comes to extracting useful competitive information about negotiated payment rates from a machine-readable file?

22 December 2020 - By Joanne Buckle, Dr. Sudhanshu Bansal, Abhishek Agrawal, Diana Dodu, Monika Lis

This paper focuses on studying prevalent methodologies and best practices in assessing the impact of new technology and claims costs and medical inflation from the perspective of medical insurers and is primarily aimed at non-US insurers.

22 December 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan, Jennifer O’Brien Howard, David Bahlinger, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s inaugural Critical Illness (CI) Survey represents 38 carriers and $1.4 billion in inforce premium, and explores numerous facets of the CI market.

22 December 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan, Jennifer O’Brien Howard, David Bahlinger, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s third Hospital Indemnity (HI) Survey represents 32 carriers and $1.8 billion in inforce premiums, and explores numerous facets of the HI market.

22 December 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan, Jennifer O’Brien Howard, David Bahlinger, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

The Milliman 2020 Critical Illness (CI) Survey represents 38 carriers and $1.8 billion in inforce premium, and explores numerous facets of the CI market.

21 December 2020 - By Michelle N. Angeloni, Michael E. Saypoff , Patricia A. Zenner

What are some opportunities, challenges, and considerations for new Medicare Advantage organizations?

21 December 2020 - By Coleen Young, Hugh Larson, Matthew J. Kramer, Noah Champagne, Raheel Sohail

While the Geographic Direct Contracting Model shares some general characteristics with the other Direct Contracting Model Options, it is a fundamentally different approach in many key respects.

21 December 2020

This year was a year like no other with COVID-19 dominating the news. It’s no surprise then that COVID-19 also dominated Milliman's top 10 list of most read articles for the year.

16 December 2020 - By Ian M. McCulla, Christopher T. Pettit, Colin R. Gray, Justin Chow

This report provides insight into the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Medicaid managed care organizations.

15 December 2020 - By Adam Barnhart, Mary G. Yeh

This report evaluates the general enrollment Medicare Advantage plans available to individuals of different racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

14 December 2020 - By Julia M. Friedman, Mary G. Yeh

This analysis focuses on mandatory supplemental benefits offered by Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans from 2017 to 2021.

14 December 2020 - By Julia M. Friedman, Mary G. Yeh

This article focuses on mandatory supplemental benefits offered by general enrollment Medicare Advantage plans from 2017 to 2021.

09 December 2020 - By Amelia Lisi

Attempting to provide care in rural communities can often pose many different challenges.

02 December 2020 - By Robert Eaton

Learn how Limelight Health creates a positive user experience for employee benefits insurance quotes, ratings, and enrollment from Robert Eaton and Jason Andrew.

01 December 2020 - By Robert Eaton, Missy Gordon

One strong step in making long-term care (LTC) an acceptable, insurable risk for insurance companies is to better understand the latent morbidity risk in advance of an LTC need.

01 December 2020 - By Robert Eaton, Katja Hanewald, Tin Long Ho

This article describes new mechanisms to fund long-term care using housing wealth.

01 December 2020 - By Pedro L. Alcocer, Tyler Armstrong, Robert Eaton, Pamela Laboy

This article addresses how the Medicare Advantage market responded in 2020 to the expansion of supplemental benefits.

30 November 2020 - By Adam Barnhart, Kevin Pierce

An induced utilization adjustment in the Part D Bid Pricing Tools shifts Part D risk sharing for some enhanced alternative plans, and this article highlights the importance and impact of this consideration along with details on how it could occur.

25 November 2020 - By Taylor McKinnon, Stephen Tabachnick

State Departments of Insurance have issued special rules, regulations, and guidance for insurers related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scope of this report is limited to such information applicable to accident and health insurance only and focuses on the impact that COVID-19 regulatory actions have on product administration.

25 November 2020 - By Deana Bell, Matthew Hayes, Michelle Klein, Tracy A. Margiott

The two final rules that were released on November 20 will have sweeping impacts to Medicare Part D and Medicare Part B drug pricing.

24 November 2020 - By Mike A. Bergerson, Andrew H. Dalton, Robert Eaton, James G. Stoltzfus

This report presents the results of Milliman's survey of long-term care (LTC) insurance companies pertaining to the potential impact of COVID-19 on LTC business,

24 November 2020 - By Noah Champagne, Pamela M. Pelizzari, Alexis Villafranca

This paper discusses the methodological changes for Model Year 4 and explores the impact the changes might have on participants.

20 November 2020 - By Ellyn Russo, David V. Williams, Jennifer R. Cohen

This article considers the performance of select vaccines against various communicable diseases caused by viruses.

20 November 2020 - By Scott McEachern, Sean S. Hilton, Michelle N. Angeloni

What are some critical considerations for Medicare Part D plans as they contract with a pharmacy benefit manager?

19 November 2020 - By Fernando Mesquida, Gabriela Dieguez, Jorge Torres, Romina Santoro, Lucila Antonucci, Carolina Artuso

Es conocido que las comorbilidades se relacionan con una alta proporción de fallecimientos relacionados con el COVID-19 pero hasta ahora no había sido posible cuantificar el efecto de las mismas sobre la mortalidad segmentado por edad y género.

18 November 2020 - By Nicholas Johnson, Annie Hallum, Nick Gipe

What are some key insights into the calendar year 2021 dual eligible special needs plan landscape?

17 November 2020 - By Donna Wix, Joanne E. Fontana

This paper uses calendar year 2018 Medicare Advantage administrative claim data for enrollees aged 65 and older enrolled in plans with embedded dental coverage to determine the types of dental services used and the dental per member per month costs, as well as to study correlations between medical and dental utilization.

17 November 2020 - By Smitha Radhakrishna

The potential benefits of integrating artificial intelligence into our healthcare ecosystem and devices are numerous, including automation of tasks, analyses of patient data, and delivery of better healthcare.

16 November 2020 - By Dan Mulhern

What are the actual effects of deferred and foregone care on total spending for the commercially insured population?

13 November 2020 - By Catherine M. Murphy-Barron, Doug Norris, Daniel J. Perlman

As chief financial officers and actuaries attempt to determine the pandemic’s impact on year-end financial statements, this article describes five issues that require additional attention.

12 November 2020 - By Barbara Collier, Michelle Klein

This paper examines the evolution and future of preventative services—a key component of many health insurance plans.

10 November 2020 - By Carol H. Steckel, Paul R. Houchens, Katherine Wentworth

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has published a rule updating this interpretation, creating new compliance requirements for states in order to continue receiving the enhanced FMAP.

06 November 2020 - By Greg O. Callahan, Angela Reed

This paper explores performance guarantees best practices plan sponsors can leverage to hold their pharmacy benefit managers accountable for operational performance.

05 November 2020 - By Lalit Baveja, Samyukta Achar

This paper discusses the implementation and practical uses of wearables in the private medical insurance market.

04 November 2020 - By David V. Williams, Jacob Bryniarski

Spurred on by COVID-19, mobile health has emerged as a promising technology that could have a material impact on addressing the Quadruple Aim of healthcare.

04 November 2020 - By Ian M. McCulla, Christopher T. Pettit, Colin R. Gray, Justin Chow

This report provides insight into the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Medicaid managed care organizations.

03 November 2020 - By Smitha Radhakrishna

Digital health is expanding, and its power is especially relevant now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

29 October 2020 - By Adam Barnhart, Julia M. Friedman, Peter T Kissinger

This paper provides insight into benefit and premium changes made alongside revenue changing due to a star rating change and measures the change in value added through benefits and premium changes provided to beneficiaries.

21 October 2020 - By Brandy N. Millen, Amy Giese, Jason Karcher

This article provides concrete examples of how pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) fees/margin, rebates, and quality improvement activities should be considered for calculating the medical loss ratio under different PBM arrangements.

21 October 2020 - By Fernando Mesquida, Gabriela Dieguez, Jorge Torres, Romina Santoro, Lucila Antonucci, Carolina Artuso

Milliman used data from Mexico’s Ministry of Health to analyze the increase in the mortality rate produced by COVID-19 by gender, age, and the presence of comorbidities.

20 October 2020 - By Robert J. Pipich, Karin Cross, Deana Bell

This paper presents nine scenarios intended to illustrate a range of potential outcomes on 2021 Medicare Advantage and Part D risk scores.

20 October 2020 - By Andrew Bochner, Jennifer Carioto, Luis O. Maldonado Irizarry

How will COVID-19 affect a health plan’s medical loss ratio requirements in general and what are specific considerations for the commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid markets in 2020 and going forward?

13 October 2020 - By Kevin Manning, Joanne Buckle, Lalit Baveja, Alison Counihan

Kevin Manning provided an update on COVID-19 looking at the impact on the Irish private health insurance market, and Joanne Buckle presented on the impact of data analytics on the value chain for both public and private heath payers.

08 October 2020 - By Frederick (Fritz) Busch, Lindsy Kotecki, Jeffrey G. Milton-Hall

The COVID-19 Advanced Population Shift model is a tool to help understand the interconnected nature of economic changes and health insurance coverage and to project the effects on the U.S. health insurance markets.

07 October 2020 - By Rachin Aggarwal, Joanne Buckle

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has become all the more important for insurers to manage their claims and expenses.

05 October 2020 - By Andrew H. Dalton, Gregory T. Zebolsky

This article discusses the impact that COVID-19 could have on actuarial assumptions relevant to continuing care retirement communities—specifically, mortality and morbidity—as well as other experience, including especially the number of noncontractual residents in assisted living unit and skilled nursing facility levels of care.

25 September 2020 - By Paul L. Correia

This survey provides a comprehensive analysis of new sales and inforce business for short-term disability and long-term disability insurance products in 2018 and 2019.

24 September 2020 - By Stephen P. Melek, Stoddard Davenport, Travis J. (T.J.) Gray

Telehealth visits may become part of the new “normal” for replacing, or at least supplementing, office visit-based treatment for behavioral health conditions.

15 September 2020 - By Jill S. Herbold, Nicholas Johnson

This paper discusses some challenges faced, actions taken, and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on home and community-based services for years to come.

10 September 2020 - By Susan Philip

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the use of telehealth, so Milliman’s Susan Philip and Mei Kwong, executive director of the Center for Connected Health Policy, discuss what providers, payers, and patients should know about this virtual healthcare service.

08 September 2020 - By Noah Champagne, Andrew Yang

At the end of July, a bipartisan bill entitled "Value in HealthCare Act of 2020" was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives proposing a number of significant changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model feature of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

04 September 2020 - By Joanne Buckle, Peter Gregor

This paper examines the strategies and business models adopted by leading players in the international private medical insurance market as well as the key success factors and capabilities required to win and sustain profitable growth in a post-COVID-19 world.

01 September 2020 - By Erica Rode, Hans K. Leida

Addressing racial bias in risk adjustment: Careful consideration with modeling choices, variable selection, and program design can help reduce the potential of perpetuating inequities.

26 August 2020 - By Robert Eaton

This article explores in detail two methods of developing reduced benefit options: the future loss ratio neutral approach and the cash flow neutral approach.

26 August 2020 - By Fernando Mesquida, Romina Santoro, Lucila Antonucci, Carolina Artuso

En Milliman hemos decidido investigar la mortalidad producida en Colombia como consecuencia del COVID-19.

24 August 2020 - By Michael Paczolt, Jill Rosenblum

Claim analytics using artificial intelligence represents a proven method to reduce claim severity and improve the efficiency of claim-handling resources.

11 August 2020 - By David Koenig, Robert J. Pipich, Michael J. Polakowski

Medicare Advantage organizations face unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

05 August 2020 - By Radhika Philip

One way higher education institutions are responding to financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is to rethink their staffing models and reduce faculty and staff costs.

05 August 2020 - By Fernando Mesquida, Hector Gueler, Ariel Hojman

What effect will the COVID-19 pandemic have on the life insurance industry in Latin America?

04 August 2020 - By Robert D. Bachler, Nicholas Johnson, Brian Reed, Mike Hamachek

This paper summarizes the findings from Milliman’s 2020 stop-loss survey.

03 August 2020 - By Stoddard Davenport, Matt Caverly, Katie Matthews

The economic costs (both direct and indirect) of nonmedical opioid use are substantial to U.S. employers, not only due to lost productivity, but also due to increased healthcare expenditures, greater costs for workers’ compensation and disability claims, and difficulty meeting recruitment or production targets in regions that experience shortages of workers.

03 August 2020 - By Scott McEachern, Patrick Cambel

For plan sponsors, being able to pinpoint changes and areas for improvement within the pharmacy benefit manager contract can significantly reduce pharmacy program costs without having to change members’ benefits.

31 July 2020 - By David Koenig, Emily J. Vandermause, Rebecca Gergen

With 2022 just around the corner, it is important that Medicare Advantage organizations understand the expected impact of the Encounter Data Processing System as the single source of diagnoses for calculating risk scores and the impact this transition may have on their revenue.

29 July 2020 - By Robert Eaton

A predictive analytics tool named TCARE now helps prevent burnout in family caregiving efforts for long-term care.

29 July 2020 - By David Byron, Chris Smith

This paper explores Qualifying Advanced APM Participant status criteria and the actions accountable care organizations can take to ensure they continue to qualify for the 5% bonus, even during a pandemic.

28 July 2020 - By Rachin Aggarwal, Joanne Buckle

This paper discusses the common definitions of medical inflation, factors driving medical inflation in the short and long term and current medical inflation trends in India.

23 July 2020 - By Barbara Culley, Penny Edlund, Maureen Tressel Lewis

This paper provides information about the pursuit of quality accreditation as an essential investment that can have a positive impact on multiple health plan priorities, including quality of care, member satisfaction, and market viability.

14 July 2020 - By Bruce S. Pyenson

Emerging data from around the world suggest that nursing home residents are at exceptionally high risk for contracting COVID-19.

06 July 2020 - By Eliott Pradat , Hinarii Pichevin, Fabrice Taillieu, Jean-Philippe Boisseau

The experience of COVID-19 will probably trigger a new system for covering operating losses in the event of a health crisis.

02 July 2020 - By Jeremy D. Palmer, Christopher T. Pettit, Ian M. McCulla

This report summarizes the calendar year 2019 experience for selected financial metrics of organizations reporting Medicaid experience under the Title XIX Medicaid line of business on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners annual statement.

01 July 2020 - By Kendall Carolissen, Judith Houtepen

This article describes the application of two methods for the detection of potential fraudulent claims in healthcare provider invoices.

29 June 2020 - By Dane Hansen, Andrew Bochner, Emily DeAngelis

This paper examines the reported impact of COVID-19 on preliminary rate filings among six states and D.C. that have been publicly released as of June 15, 2020.

18 June 2020 - By David Evans

Despite the uncertainty of the moment, the observations from the 2020 Northwest Benefits Survey help clarify some trends that will likely have relevance in the future.

15 June 2020 - By Susan J. Forray, Chad C. Karls

The year 2019 marked a turning point for the medical professional liability industry.

10 June 2020 - By Pamela M. Pelizzari, Stoddard Davenport, Carol Bazell

What are the challenges of interpreting data, reports, and media coverage surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic?

09 June 2020 - By Sean Silva, Eric Walters

On April 28, 2020, the Departments of Labor and Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service jointly issued guidance extending certain deadlines related to COBRA continuation coverage.

08 June 2020 - By Stephen George, Joel Brill

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper examines why, when, and how vaccines are used; highlights the vaccine development pathway; reviews previous experience with viral pandemics; and assesses ways payers can address COVID-19.

05 June 2020 - By Bruce S. Pyenson, Jim Mulshine

Artificial intelligence along with low-dose CT scans hold promise for the early detection of lung cancer, but there are challenges that come with scaling up this new technology.

02 June 2020 - By Robert L. Schmidt, Eric Walters

Each year, Milliman produces estimates of retiree health costs that are updated each year.

01 June 2020 - By Lukas Snyder, David Mike, Luke Metz, Matthew Hayes, Derek Cole

This paper explores the impact of the Part D Senior Savings Model on patient out-of-pocket costs.

01 June 2020 - By Abhishek Agrawal, Rachin Aggarwal, Jorge Torres, Bridget MacDonnell

What are some innovative healthcare technologies that can be harnessed directly by health insurers in different parts of the world?

26 May 2020 - By David Bahlinger

Research into the behavioral economics, marketing, and psychology of insurance products is business-critical for insurers.

21 May 2020 - By Deana Bell, Karen Nixon

How could prescription drug rebates at the Point of Sale affect the customer?

21 May 2020 - By Christopher S. Girod, Paul R. Houchens, David M. Liner, Andrew L. Naugle, Doug Norris, Scott A. Weltz

In 2020, the cost of healthcare for a hypothetical American family of four covered by an average employer-sponsored preferred provider organization plan is $28,653, according to the Milliman Medical Index.

19 May 2020 - By Cory Gusland, Anders Larson, Brian A. Sweatman

For any given provider organization, the impact of COVID-19 on its value-based contracts will depend largely on certain actuarial, legal, and strategic aspects of each agreement.

14 May 2020 - By Greg O. Callahan, Janus Desquitado

Auditing the administration of the pharmaceutical manufacturer rebate program, including dollars paid, is a proven strategy for improving plan sponsor profitability, prescription drug affordability, and the management of pharmacy benefit manager contracts.

14 May 2020 - By Rémi Bellina, Cedric Mea, Floriane Moy, Alexandre Boumezoued, Amal Elfassihi, Eve Titon

This paper explores the potential and the challenge of using BERT, a Natural Language Processing framework, to automate the task of gathering input information and assisting experts for COVID-19 studies.

13 May 2020 - By Alexandre Boumezoued

The analysis of cohort effects has long fascinated the actuarial community.

12 May 2020 - By Kristina Moorhead, Jill S. Herbold, Ben Mori, Mary Pat Stemnock, Katherine Wentworth

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services program participants.

11 May 2020 - By Sinéad Clarke, Eóin Stack

This briefing note explores the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ireland’s insurance industry and how regulatory authorities have responded.

11 May 2020 - By Joanne E. Fontana, Annie Hallum, Catherine E Lewis

This paper outlines the options for Medicaid dental delivery systems, their current usage, and considerations for each option.

08 May 2020 - By Brian A. Sweatman, Shyam Kolli

This paper summarizes a few direct contracting strategies observed in the marketplace and identifies key areas for considerations as employers evaluate these options.

07 May 2020 - By Daniel J. Perlman

The Transparency in Coverage proposed rule is a reaction to the current opacity of healthcare pricing to most people.

05 May 2020 - By Jeffrey G. Milton-Hall, Thomas D. Murawski, Doug Norris

As knowledge around COVID-19 continues to evolve, much of the industry focus has been on this year’s costs, but this volatile and uncertain environment also presents an extraordinary challenge for health plans developing rates for 2021 commercial coverage.

05 May 2020 - By Carl X. Ashenbrenner, Darren L. Sveom

What is the potential impact that COVID-19 may have on medical professional liability and workers’ compensation claims within long-term care providers?

05 May 2020 - By Matthew D. Timm, Michelle Klein

One innovation that is driving enrollment growth for some Medicare Advantage organizations is the $0 member premium PPO.

04 May 2020 - By Les Kartchner, Troy J. Pritchett

In a system that ties healthcare coverage so tightly to employment, the implications of so many people losing their healthcare coverage are deadly serious in a pandemic.

30 April 2020 - By Robert Eaton

Learn how physicians benefit from connecting deep learning software with electronic health records from Robert Eaton and Matthew Ko.

30 April 2020 - By Luke B.G. Roth , Ben Mori, James Pettersson, Joseph Whitley, Carol H. Steckel

While large for-profit healthcare provider entities with existing capital reserves or greater access to capital markets may be able to weather the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, other small, rural, or safety net provider entities may require additional support to keep their doors open.

29 April 2020 - By Les Kartchner, Sam Bertoch

Contributions charged to employees and retirees are an important aspect of an employer’s health and welfare benefit strategy.

27 April 2020 - By Annie Man, Barbara Dewey

What are the health insurance options available to the newly unemployed and how may this affect the size of the Affordable Care Act market?

27 April 2020 - By David Byron, Noah Champagne, Blaine Miller, Charlie Mills, Sam Shellabarger

Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations are especially concerned about the potential for 2020 results to deteriorate due to COVID-19.

23 April 2020 - By Hayley M. Rogers, Charlie Mills, Matthew J. Kramer

The deferral and elimination of care during the COVID-19 pandemic could mean a net reduction in medical costs for healthcare payers by at least $75 billion and as much as $575 billion if the deferral and elimination of care continues through the end of 2020.

22 April 2020 - By Susan J. Forray, Stephen J. Koca

Modeling medical professional liability costs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbated by tort law changes, variation in effect among specialties, and an apparent reduction in current claims that may prove to be only a delay contributing to an increase in future reported claim frequency.

21 April 2020 - By Melody Craff, Dale N. Skinner, David P. Mirkin, Francesca Hammerstrom, William J. Fox

This Milliman MedInsight brief provides an analytic guide to assist healthcare organizations with COVID-19 pandemic analytics.

17 April 2020 - By Joanne Buckle

The effects of COVID-19 for specific insurers are dependent on benefit packages and policy terms and conditions, as well as government responses and macro-economic factors.

15 April 2020 - By Farzana Ismail, Natasha Su Sivarajah, Queenie Chow

This is Milliman’s first Microinsurance Supply-side Study of Asia, gathering the perspectives of the insurance industry regarding the importance of microinsurance, current practices and the enabling environment.

15 April 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan, Jennifer O’Brien Howard, Darrell D. Spell

This report presents the findings of an analysis focused on isolating and estimating the potential financial impact of COVID-19 on hospital indemnity plans in the United States.

15 April 2020 - By Penny Edlund, Maureen Tressel Lewis

Where can a health plan’s medical management team contribute to the COVID-19 response?

14 April 2020 - By Guanjun Jiang, Qiuwen Peng

Local strategies differ when it comes to fighting COVID-19, and it’s too early to know which strategy- contain or delay- works better.

13 April 2020 - By Stoddard Davenport, Matthew J. Kramer, Doug Norris, Pamela M. Pelizzari

The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching implications for both short- and long-term healthcare costs in the U.S., as Milliman consultants Pamela Pelizzari, Stoddard Davenport, Doug Norris, and Matt Kramer discuss on this episode of Critical Point.

10 April 2020 - By John H. Rogers, Annie Man, Kyle Hutmaker

While no one knows what will happen with COVID-19 in 2021, in the absence of a vaccine or other curative treatment, Medicare Advantage plans may be advised to consider possible impacts of the disease well into the future.

10 April 2020 - By Andrew H. Dalton, Jeremy Hamilton, Allen J. Schmitz, Juliet M. Spector

This article examines COVID-19 implications on current long-term care (LTC) populations, short-term (2020) and long-term (beyond 2020) projection assumptions, and the effects on the LTC industry as a whole.

10 April 2020 - By Joanne E. Fontana, Ali LaRocco

Using publicly available data for the 2020 plan year, this article highlights the landscape of dental coverage availablity in the 38 states with the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.

09 April 2020 - By Noah Champagne, Jonah Broulette, Ted Gary

The Direct Contracting model includes a unique feature allowing accountable care organizations the ability to contract with providers.

09 April 2020 - By Joanne E. Fontana, Thomas D. Murawski

This article explores the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dental industry, considering changes in utilization of dental services that could result from the pandemic and its containment efforts as well as the economic ramifications that are already starting to occur and may last for some time.

08 April 2020 - By Katherine Wentworth, Carol H. Steckel, Jeremy Hoffman, Michael C. Cook, Greg J. Herrle

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing historic pressures on our healthcare system and coverage programs alike, and Medicaid programs are a key mechanism states are using to address these challenges.

08 April 2020 - By Jeff Anderson, Mike A. Bergerson

This paper examines COVID-19 implications on current long-term care (LTC) insured populations, short-term (2020) and long-term (beyond 2020) projection assumptions, and the effects on the LTC industry as a whole.

07 April 2020 - By Robert Eaton

How should actuaries think and spend their time in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic?

07 April 2020 - By Luis O. Maldonado Irizarry, Sylvia Hagin, Brian Regan

Newly available product design options will require actuaries to develop new tools and processes in order to assist Medicare Advantage organizations in bid development.

07 April 2020 - By Ge Bai, Bruce S. Pyenson, Gillian Woollett

Fast, convenient, cheap, accurate, and widely-used COVID-19 tests can help identify both infected individuals who should self-isolate and those who have recovered, pose low contagion risks, and can help others fight the virus.

06 April 2020 - By Andrew Jackson, Brian N. Anderson, Marc Guieb

Pharmacy benefit managers have moved quickly to develop new policies that provide guidance and assurance to their plan sponsor clients and members amid the coronavirus outbreak.

03 April 2020 - By David Bahlinger, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

In 2019, Milliman conducted a variety of research projects to provide insight into the state of the U.S. supplemental insurance market.

03 April 2020 - By Courtney R. White

Providers are uniquely situated to both direct and/or provide care for those in the healthcare delivery system through establishing their own health plans or contracting with existing payers.

02 April 2020 - By Stoddard Davenport

Although it is too early to analyze actual healthcare cost data for those who have been treated for COVID-19 in the United States, historical data from patients who have sought medical attention for influenza or pneumonia may be informative for understanding patient out-of-pocket costs due to treatment for COVID-19.

02 April 2020 - By Matthew J. Kramer, Pamela M. Pelizzari, Doug Norris

What are some of the cost drivers that healthcare payers may expect to encounter both now and down the road after we get through the initial surge of the COVID-19 pandemic?

01 April 2020 - By Lori E. Julga, Anne C. Kallfisch, Adam Blais

COVID-19 is changing our work environment, and the impacts not only affect our working environment on the job, but also the normal course of existing workers’ compensation claims.

31 March 2020 - By Robert Eaton, Tim F. Kempen, Stephanie Moench, Amy Pahl, Allen J. Schmitz

This report explores key risks and considerations for product innovation using the long-term care insurance industry as a case study.

31 March 2020 - By Susan Philip, Jeremy Cunningham, Mary Pat Stemnock, Ryan Reichel

This brief scopes out the issue of homelessness and housing security and Medicaid’s role in addressing the issue.

30 March 2020 - By Barbara Culley, Maureen Tressel Lewis, Andrew L. Naugle

This brief identifies five key payer functions likely to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and actions payers can take to ensure business continuity while enhancing their contributions to the value chain.

27 March 2020 - By Samantha J. D’Anna, Adam Feller, Matthew Hayes, Kate Herbig, Michelle Klein

This article provides an overview of the Medicare Part D Senior Savings Model and highlights key considerations for plan sponsors.

27 March 2020 - By Kenneth L. Clark, Nick Ortner

This issue brief explores the resources available to help carriers quantify the expected effect of possible Medicare Supplement medical underwriting application changes and considerations.

23 March 2020 - By Paul R. Houchens, Hans K. Leida, Lindsy Kotecki

This report looks at the different outcomes for the 50 states from the Affordable Care Act in terms of reduction of the uninsured rate, cost, and availability of health insurance coverage.

20 March 2020 - By Susan Philip, Susan E. Pantely

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, could telehealth have the potential to replace some in-person services and better triage care based on needs?

18 March 2020 - By Nicholas Johnson, Christopher Kunkel, Annie Hallum

With calendar year 2021 Medicare Advantage (MA) deadlines approaching, state Medicaid agencies and MA plans offering Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans must quickly determine how to fulfill new integration requirements mandated by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

17 March 2020 - By Susan J. Forray

Healthcare providers, facilities, and MPL writers can expect direct and indirect impacts from the coronavirus pandemic—with the indirect impact possibly proving more impactful over the long term.

13 March 2020 - By Stephanie Moench, Shawn Stender

This article explores three possible future paths for long-term care (LTC) insurance funding and the associated implications for the private LTC industry.

13 March 2020 - By Jeff Anderson, Mike A. Bergerson

What are the advantages and disadvantages of long-term care policy buyouts from various stakeholder perspectives?

12 March 2020 - By Colleen Norris, Brent Jensen, Dustin J. Grzeskowiak

This paper provides an in-depth technical evaluation of Direct Contracting, based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services request for applications, along with comparisons to its sister programs—Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Next Generation ACO.

09 March 2020 - By Joanne Buckle, Tanya Hayward, Natasha Singhal, Kishan Desai

This paper discusses the implementation and practical uses of wearable technology in the private medical insurance market.

06 March 2020 - By Joanne Buckle, Kevin Manning

Every country has its own, unique healthcare system, but within these disparate systems there are shared approaches that cross borders and languages, and we explore some of these similarities in this episode of Critical Point.

05 March 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan

For insurers, innovation is a key factor to increasing market share and improving customer retention.

05 March 2020 - By Pauric Mullan, Sinéad Clarke

This analysis compares information provided in the Quantitative Reporting Templates and Solvency and Financial Condition Reports and draws conclusions about the balance sheets and risk exposures of European health insurers, including comparisons with previous years.

03 March 2020 - By David G. Hayes, Rachel W. Killian, Shyam Kolli

What are considerations for health plans when determining capital requirements?

27 February 2020 - By Cameron Gleed, Jason Karcher, Jason J. Petroske

This white paper evaluates the implications of the risk adjustment data validation program from the perspective of issuer results with an eye for what the actual impacts say about the program’s performance.

24 February 2020 - By Brian N. Anderson, Greg O. Callahan

One of the most important ways plan sponsors can lower healthcare costs without significantly changing their benefits is to look for opportunities to improve their pharmacy benefit manager contract.

19 February 2020 - By Andrew Dilworth, Paul R. Houchens

This report provides an analysis of the recently released 2019 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Scorecard.

18 February 2020 - By T. Scott Bentley, Nick Ortner

This report is Milliman’s triennial summary of estimated U.S. average utilization, billed charges, and resulting per member per month costs for organ and tissue transplants.

14 February 2020 - By Julia M. Friedman, Brett L. Swanson, Mary G. Yeh, Jordan Cates

This report highlights key changes in member premiums and benefits for the 2020 Medicare Advantage (MA) market, as well as the contributing factors for, and the magnitude of, the increase in value added within the MA market each year from 2016 to 2020.

14 February 2020 - By Joanne E. Fontana, David Bahlinger, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s 2019 Dental Survey represents 50 carriers and $31.5 billion of inforce premium.

14 February 2020 - By Robert Eaton, William G. Mehilos, David Bahlinger, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s 2019 Worksite Life Survey represents 21 carriers and $2 billion in inforce premium.

14 February 2020 - By Robert Eaton, William G. Mehilos, David Bahlinger, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s 2018 Worksite Life Survey represents 13 carriers and nearly $1.7 billion in inforce premium and focuses on term, whole life, and universal life products.

13 February 2020 - By David Bahlinger, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s 2019 Accident Insurance Survey represents 42 carriers and $2.4 billion in inforce premium.

13 February 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan, Jennifer O’Brien Howard, David Bahlinger, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s 2019 Hospital Indemnity Survey represents 32 carriers and $1.3 billion in inforce premium.

13 February 2020 - By Ashlee Mouton Borcan, David Bahlinger, Jennifer O’Brien Howard, Darrell D. Spell, Michael E. Weilant

Milliman’s 2017 Hospital Indemnity Survey represents 23 carriers and $1.3 billion in inforce premium in the hospitality indemnity market.

11 February 2020 - By Charlie Mills, Chris Smith

This paper explores the minimum savings rate (MSR)/minimum loss rate (MLR) options available to accountable care organizations (ACOs) and presents perspective on what ACOs should consider when selecting the MSR/MLR under a Medicare Shared Savings Program track with downside risk.

08 February 2020 - By Christine M. Mytelka, Susan E. Pantely, Catherine E Lewis , Katherine Wentworth, Nick A Bauman

State program directors face many complex considerations as they evaluate the Healthy Adult Opportunity 1115 waiver option.

04 February 2020 - By Sam Shellabarger, Charlie Mills, Lance D. Anderson

What are the potential effects of prospective and retrospective assignment on key accountable care organization metrics under the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

03 February 2020 - By Sinéad Clarke, Diana Dodu, Tanya Hayward, Judith Houtepen, Lindsy Kotecki, Monika Lis, Erica Rode, Rong Yi

This paper sets out a ‘how-to’ guide to risk equalisation, or risk adjustment.

03 February 2020 - By Matthew J. Kramer, Erica Reijula, Sam Shellabarger

What are the similarities and differences in the financial benchmark methodology between the Direct Contracting payment model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

30 January 2020 - By Stoddard Davenport, Ally Weaver, Marissa North

This paper studies the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders within commercially insured families in the United States to understand the likelihood of a household being affected by these conditions.

28 January 2020 - By Haitham Aly, Phil Ellenberg, Shyam Kolli, Josh Reinstein

This paper provides a summary of the key provisions of the price transparency final rule that apply to hospitals, briefly touching on topics that require additional consideration by parties affected by the rule.

17 January 2020 - By Kelly S. Backes, Greg J. Herrle, Douglas I. Rodrigues

This paper explores the various components of Medicare Advantage revenue, avenues Medicare Advantage organizations may explore to increase their Part C and Part D revenues, and key considerations for each approach.

17 January 2020 - By Jennifer O’Brien Howard, Stacy Koron

Small companies in the supplemental health products market need to understand the unique challenges these products present in order to compete effectively.

16 January 2020 - By Kelly S. Backes, Katherine N. Kroening, Douglas I. Rodrigues , Gokce Yilmaz

This paper provides a brief overview of the upcoming end-stage renal disease Medicare Advantage eligibility change and key questions each Medicare Advantage organization should consider when planning for 2021.

15 January 2020 - By Joseph Boschert, Jim Hong, Kyle Ligon

This paper analyzes Medicare Advantage claims and membership data to evaluate the risk and costs associated with opioid use disorder.

10 January 2020 - By Jill S. Herbold, Melanie K. Kuester

This paper discusses several decision points and considerations for states evaluating a single preferred drug list requirement.

08 January 2020 - By Christopher Kunkel, Jordan Pettibon

Which options do Medicare Advantage enrollees look at most when choosing a plan?

07 January 2020 - By Lindsy Kotecki, Stan Westrom

This case study discusses the actuarial implications of one potential Medicare buy-in option.

07 January 2020 - By Anna Bunger, Madeleine Cline, Katherine M. Holcomb

This study provides claim cost benchmarks to illustrate the magnitude and distribution of specialty medication costs adjudicated under both the pharmacy and medical benefit for a commercially insured population.

07 January 2020 - By Ben Mori, Tyler Schulze, Jason A. Clarkson

This paper contains a summary of the key elements of the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation’s proposed changes to supplemental payments that may be relevant to state Medicaid agencies.

06 January 2020 - By Joseph Boschert, Janet Jennings, Robert L. Schmidt

This paper examines the various connections between health and wealth as well as the repercussions of ignoring those connections.

06 January 2020 - By Joseph Boschert, Janet Jennings, Robert L. Schmidt

People are looking for ways to protect their long-term health and wealth, and they expect their financial advisers to create more comprehensive financial plans that will help them achieve this goal.

06 January 2020 - By Lalit Baveja, Alison Counihan, Tanya Hayward, Monika Lis, Neha Taneja

What are the best practices for designing and implementing a wellness programme?

03 January 2020 - By Mike Gaal, Jason Karcher

How much will single-payer healthcare in the United States cost and how will it be paid?

17 December 2019 - By Guanjun Jiang

In China, the Action Plan for Promoting the High Quality Development of the Healthcare Industry 2019-2022 promotes, in the development of health insurance products, the use of special needs medical services, innovative medical technologies and drugs and high-end medical devices as well as health intervention procedures.

10 December 2019 - By Noah Champagne, Dane Hansen

As the prevalence of partnerships between payers and providers increases, it is critical for payers to monitor and track emerging experience and communicate these results to partner providers.

05 December 2019 - By Joanne Buckle, Tanya Hayward, Natasha Singhal

The value of care categories assess the validity and efficacy of treatments in relation to associated conditions to inform where groups of patients may benefit from alternative pathways.

05 December 2019 - By David V. Williams, Donna Wix

What are the prevalence rates for rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and hemophilia as compared to zombie statistics commonly cited?

04 December 2019 - By Julia M. Friedman

What are the advantages of adding a segmented plan to a Medicare Advantage organization portfolio and what are the bid requirements for segmented plans?

26 November 2019 - By Jason A. Clarkson, Zachary Fohl, Paul R. Houchens

These state profiles summarize insurer financials, marketplace enrollment, and federal assistance provided to households purchasing insurance coverage through the insurance marketplaces, incorporating recently released data from the 2019 open enrollment period and estimated 2019 effectuated enrollment.

26 November 2019 - By Robert W. Beal, Tasha S. Khan

This report presents the results of Milliman’s 2019 Annual Survey of the U.S. Individual Disability Income Insurance Market.

22 November 2019 - By Jeremy Hamilton, Allen J. Schmitz, Ali M Yeager

How does spousal contagion influence long-term care needs?

15 November 2019 - By Lalit Baveja, Carol Bazell, Alison Counihan

The successful adoption of value-based care in the Middle East faces important challenges.

08 November 2019 - By Jeremy Cunningham, Mat DeLillo

This paper discusses the risks and considerations of changing Medicaid’s funding formula to a general block grant structure.

04 November 2019 - By Eric Buzby, Catherine M. Murphy-Barron

In the past two years, CMS has expanded the types and flexibility of supplemental benefits Medicare Advantage organizations (MAOs) can offer enrollees. This issue brief discusses the implications of actions taken by plans in response.

01 November 2019 - By Dustin J. Grzeskowiak, Darin Muse, Daniel J. Perlman

There may be some uncertainty for plans and consumers alike around the Quality Information Rating Bulletin—specifically, what the quality scores represent, how they are developed, and/or how they may be used now or in the future.

01 November 2019 - By Jacob Bryniarski, Joanne E. Fontana

This article, using publicly available CMS data, explores the current landscape of dental benefits offered in Medicare Advantage plans, discussing the ramifications for insurers and consumers alike.

29 October 2019 - By Dan Freeman, Mike Gaal, Cory Gusland, Jennifer Janvrin

Health and group benefits news and developments in the United States.

24 October 2019 - By Jason Karcher, Jason J. Petroske, Cameron Gleed

This article breaks down the purpose and technical details of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act risk adjustment data validation audit.

24 October 2019 - By Sean S. Hilton, Thomas D. Murawski

Insurers who forgo periodic, comprehensive analyses to ensure the appropriateness of their dental rating manuals risk reduced product marketability (if rates are too high) or non-profitability and adverse selection (if rates are too low).

18 October 2019 - By Benjamin J. Diederich, William J. Fox, Brent Jensen

Employers should adjust health plan options for morbidity in order to reduce the selection bias.

17 October 2019 - By Joanne Buckle, Alison Counihan, Tanya Hayward, Nicholas Kallis, Bridget MacDonnell, Kevin Manning, Neha Taneja

This guide can assist managers in thinking through the practical components of a population health management programme, from overall objectives and definitions, through to the people, processes and technology enablers that are so critical for success.

15 October 2019 - By Michelle Klein, Matt Kranovich

This paper highlights several key changes to Medicare Plan Finder— and potential unintended consequences— and offers suggestions as to how those changes could potentially affect Medicare Advantage Organizations.

14 October 2019 - By Joanne E. Fontana

New trends in dental care and insurance coverage are aimed at improving the patient experience as Milliman’s Joanne Fontana discusses.

10 October 2019 - By Ankush Aggarwal, Joanne Buckle, Tanya Hayward

This report provides an updated view of National Health Service England prescription drug costs for financial year 2018/2019.

08 October 2019 - By Stoddard Davenport, Stephen P. Melek

Milliman has been retained by a number of state agencies to advise them on appropriate methods by which to conduct parity compliance analyses and audits for nonquantitative treatment limitations.

23 September 2019 - By Rachin Aggarwal, Abhishek Agrawal

This article examines how the concept of a standard health product would benefit various stakeholders in India.

16 September 2019 - By Mike Hamachek, Christopher Kunkel

What happened in the first year of Merit-Based Incentive Payment System reporting?

11 September 2019 - By Carol Bazell, Dane Hansen, Pamela M. Pelizzari, Bruce S. Pyenson

This report discusses the economic and clinical burden of new osteoporotic fractures that occurred in 2015 in the Medicare fee-for-service population using information from a large administrative medical claims database.

09 September 2019 - By Joanne Buckle, Tanya Hayward

This paper outlines some of the key considerations associated with using real-world data to widen the evidence base used in economic evaluations.

22 August 2019 - By Cory Gusland, Daniel Henry, Raheel Sohail

This paper explores key model features of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Primary Care First, a new voluntary payment model focused on primary care.

20 August 2019 - By Rachin Aggarwal, Joanne Buckle, Vidhi Gupta, Neha Taneja

This paper looks at the key provisions of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, mental illness prevalence, supply-side indicators and the current treatment gap.

20 August 2019 - By Robert Eaton

Combination products provide valuable, and often substantial, health insurance coverage in the framework of a life insurance or annuity policy.

01 August 2019 - By Tim F. Kempen, Allen J. Schmitz

This report presents the results of our sixth triennial long-term care insurance valuation survey.

11 July 2019 - By Brian N. Anderson, Greg O. Callahan, Michael DiPrima

This article describes the origin of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), how claims are processed, and ways in which blockchain could disrupt the PBM marketplace.

08 July 2019 - By Ankush Aggarwal, Joanne Buckle, Pravin Harodia

What are the current and potential uses of generalised linear modelling in the Indian health market?

09 October 2018 - By Andrew Gaffner, Barbara Collier, Joseph Boschert

Screening and risk assessment are critical to exercising sound clinical judgment and making effective care decisions regarding opioid use disorder.

18 September 2018 - By Robert W. Beal, Tasha S. Khan

This report presents the results of Milliman’s 2018 Annual Survey of the U.S. Individual Disability Income Insurance Market.

03 August 2016 - By Robert Eaton, John Cutler , John O'Leary, Bruce Stahl

What are some ideas to address the on-coming expansion of long-term care needs in the U.S.?

01 October 2015 - By Juliet M. Spector, Brian H. Studebaker, Ethan Menges

This paper outlines the general steps and considerations for designing, implementing, and measuring results of existing payment reform models.

01 December 2009 - By Brian N. Anderson, Rebekah D. Bayram

Many large, self-funded organizations enrolled in the retiree drug subsidy program would benefit from switching to one of the EGWPs

06 August 2009

Unprecedented economic uncertainty has accelerated cost increases in some ways and at the same time reduced certain categories of utilization.

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