Wall Street Journal: Health-care inflation heating back up

By Russ Britt Health-care inflation has hit a low point and is poised to start rising again, but it’s unclear whether annual medical cost hikes are heading back to the double-digit increases of years past. That’s the conclusion of a study released Tuesday by consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute, which says medical costs will rise 6.5% this … Continue reading

ModernHealthCare: PwC predicts rise in healthcare spending will be lower than usual next year

By Beth Kutscher    Spending on healthcare is expected to rise just 4.5% next year as employers and providers make a number of moves to bring down costs. In its annual Behind the Numbers report, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute is forecasting a medical cost trend of 6.5% for 2014—offset by health insurance changes that will effectively lower … Continue reading

PwC: Factors affecting 2014 Medical Cost Trend

For 2014, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) projects a medical cost trend of 6.5%. Defying historical patterns—and placing added tension on the health industry—medical inflation in 2014 will dip even lower than in 2013. Aggressive and creative steps by employers, new venues and models for delivering care, and elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue reading

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