Health Care Costs Keep Rising

Health care costs have more than tripled from $75 billion in 1970 to a record $2.7 trillion in 2011. This rapid increase in health care costs has led to more expensive claims submitted to insurance companies, higher insurance premiums charged to members and bigger medical bills for millions of Americans. Health care costs are the…
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What You Can Do To Help Control Health Care Costs

By Shauna Vistad We have already told you about some of the fraud, abuse and waste in the health care system that is inflating health care costs and told you what Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is doing to fight fraud and abuse. Here are some things you can do as a consumer…
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What Are We Doing To Help Control Health Care Costs?

By Shauna Vistad Yesterday’s blog looked at research showing that nearly a third of health care costs may be attributable to fraud, waste or abuse, which amounted to an estimated $765 billion in 2009. BCBSND has a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) responsible for the prevention, detection, investigation and resolution of suspected health care fraud, waste…
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Fraud, Waste And Abuse In Health Care

By Shauna Vistad An Institute of Medicine report released in September 2012 suggests as much as 30 percent of health care costs can be attributed to fraud, waste or abuse. In 2009 it is estimated that $765 billion in health care spending was the result of fraud, waste or abuse. While few are actively involved…
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How Your Premium Dollars Are Spent

By Ryan Schuster Have you ever wondered how your health insurance premiums are used by your insurance company? You might be surprised by the answers. Premiums are what people pay in exchange for receiving health insurance coverage. If you receive health insurance through your job, your premiums are likely automatically deducted from your paycheck with…
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