Trends

Key Health Care News

Sibson's First Quarter 2017 Trends highlights key areas health plan sponsors need to know.

You’ll learn about:

  • 2017 health plan and specialty and biotech drugs cost trend rates,
  • Changes in the average Medicare Advantage (MA) premium from 2016 to 2017,
  • Announcements from Cigna and Pfizer, and
  • Spousal coverage.

You will also learn about these strategies plan sponsors are using to manage their health plan costs:

  • Offering an MA plan to Medicare-eligible participants,
  • Specialty pharmacy management, analyzing their prescription drug plan experience and/or revising their plan design,
  • Hospital discharge patient assistance programs, and
  • Modifying eligibility, revising contribution rates or changing plan design for spousal coverage.

Trends also covers important compliance developments.

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Previous issues from 2014 through 2016 are available on the Trends page.

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