Armed With Transparency Data, Purchaser Groups Focus on Rising Prices

Amid growing medical cost trend and broad fears of inflation, two major purchaser groups have unveiled initiatives to coordinate plan sponsors in an effort to lower health care prices. Managed care experts tell AIS Health, a division of MMIT, that purchasers’ frustration with high prices are valid, but they don’t expect prices to come down any time soon with inflation and other macroeconomic trends set to wash over the health care sector.

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (NAHPC) recently released a “playbook” white paper for regional purchaser groups and employers seeking to rein in price increases. The term purchaser coalition refers to a number of regional nonprofits across the country that are composed of the region’s largest employers; those groups comprise NAHPC’s membership. NAHPC’s largest member, the Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH), also rolled out a new plan to manage costs.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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