August 23, 2013

Right where it helps

Rich Umbdenstock, AHA President and CEO

Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose a modest 4 percent for family coverage this year, according the annual Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust survey. That’s one more fact in the mounting pile of evidence that makes it clear: The hard work being done by hospitals and their health care partners to bend the cost curve is gaining traction – and in an area that really hits home. The low growth in total health care spending, and in Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance spending in 2012 was clearly not a fluke. Hospital cost and price growth are at their lowest levels in a decade, and it is no accident. Hospitals are embracing massive changes to improve quality, lower costs and keep faith with the communities that count on the care that they provide every day. These changes, among others, are hitting consumers right where it helps – in their pocketbooks.


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