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May 29, 2020

A Message From the Editor

In addition to covering how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting consumers' health and health care choices, we have a couple of interesting new topics to address this week. One is the concept of drug subscriptions, where payers agree to a fixed cost for a drug, rather than paying by the unit. What impact would such an arrangement have on employers' rising prescription drug costs? The other is digital therapeutics. What is it, and how can it be used to save money? Learn more in our coverage below.

– Emily Payne, BenefitsPRO managing editor

Market Insights

Hospital costs drive overall 4.1% increase in heath care costs

By Amanda Bronstad

The cost increase is moderate when compared to rates a decade ago but still outpaces growth in the gross domestic product. Read More

News

IRS sets 2021 limits for HSAs

By Emily Payne

The increases, based on inflation, are once again modest. Read More

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Analysis

Nearly half of Americans have delayed medical care due to COVID-19

By Elizabeth Lawrence

A new poll reveals that the emptiness of medical care centers may reflect the choices patients made to delay care. Read More

Expert Opinion

Why patient-provider relationships should matter to employers

By Brian Gifford

Disruptions in patient-provider relationships can have a significant impact on health care consumption and overall health. Read More

Analysis

Drug subscriptions offer public health promise, but may not ultimately lower costs

By Karen Sloan

Still, payers and manufacturers may welcome the certainty over spending and revenue that is built into the subscription... Read More

Analysis

'Digital therapeutics' enjoy new attention amid COVID-19 crisis

By Mike Scarcella

Digital therapeutics are enjoying renewed attention amid the coronavirus crisis, and new industry analyses assert that... Read More

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This Zoom Reference provides shortcuts, tips, and tricks for the popular video conferencing software. Use this reference to brush up on the basics and to find alternative methods to your favorite commands. This printable quick reference is yours to use, distribute, and share at your organization! Read More

Infographic

Infographic: Behavioral health and the impact of COVID-19

By Emily Payne

Consumers are increasingly turning to telemedicine for their physical and mental health needs. Read More

Commentary

If ever there was a time to rethink employer-sponsored health plans, this is it

By Jodi Hubler

We need a new plan design that creates an intuitive fit between people's health insurance and the way they actually... Read More

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