September 30, 2010 |
The new federal healthcare law is bringing additional demands by insurance companies that doctors and hospitals be held to higher quality standards. Although this push by insurers on quality implies that consumers will get better care because doctors and hospitals will be measured against the best performers, there may be an unintended consequence: It could leave patients with fewer choices of medical care providers, depending on which health plans they purchase. Meanwhile, controversy is emerging as to how these doctors and hospitals will be selected to be on an insurer's list of preferred choices.
August 5, 1990 |
After years of battling the soaring cost of insuring against employees' physical ailments, American business is starting to focus on mental health costs, which have been growing even faster. Most employers experienced 12% to 20% annual increases in the overall cost of health-care benefits for the past two years. But a survey by A. Foster Higgins & Co. found that in 1989 alone, among companies with more than 5,000 employees, the cost of mental health benefits rose 47%.