A Milliman report commissioned by AHIP finds that narrower, high value provider networks can help reduce premiums from 5 to 20 percent when compared to broad network plans. A high value network is one selected on the basis of not only fee schedules, but also overall efficiency and quality metrics. Health plans can make these judgments in ways individual consumers cannot.
It is ironic that ObamaCare has created the structure and incentives for a truly competitive health care market, something long sought by Republicans as an alternative to government regulation of prices and medical practice.
The Exchanges offer consumers an opportunity to compare plans on cost and (when the data are accurate and up to date) on networks. Now that insurance companies cannot manage costs by waiting periods and exclusions, they have more incentive to high performance networks as their main competitive advantage. This leaves excluded providers with the option to improve, and qualify for high performance networks, or lose business. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll see some improvement in the mismatch between what we pay for health care and what we get.
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