Penn Research Group Dissects the Health Insurance Exchanges

A new report in the LDI Health Economist says the state health insurance exchanges that will soon serve millions of Americans may be vulnerable to various sorts of 'gaming' by insurance companies and health providers.

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roundtable members

Taking part in the roundtable discussion were University of Pennsylvania professors and health policy researchers Amanda Starc, Robert Town, Mark Duggan and Tom Baker.

The entire country is going to get a lot sicker on paper.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

A new report in the LDI Health Economist says the complexity of the health insurance exchange (HIX) systems now being built by states and the federal government make them vulnerable to various sorts of "gaming" by insurance companies and health care providers, according to a University of Pennsylvania research group that has extensively studied the issue.

In a wide ranging roundtable discussion, members of a Penn HIX research group detailed why the exchanges' risk adjustment mechanisms may result in "the entire country getting a lot sicker on paper" as well as how some hospitals may unexpectedly reap a windfall in pricing leverage.

See the full story at http://ldihealtheconomist.com/he000035.shtml in the LDI Health Economist, the online magazine of the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI).

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is a 45-year research center within The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. It coordinates the research of more than 200 senior fellows investigating how health care is organized, financed, managed and delivered throughout the United States. See http://ldi.upenn.edu

The LDIhealthEconomist.com site is a journalism-based publication that reports on healthcare-related policy issues as viewed through the eyes, experiences and findings of the country's health policy research scholars.

SOURCE: Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Contact: Hoag Levins, 215-746-8601 HoagL(at)wharton(dot)upenn(dot)edu


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