An interesting news item reported in Kaiser today: AARP officials on Monday announced plans to expand the number of health insurance products offered by the group that will target U.S. residents ages 50 to 64 who lack coverage. AARP plans to “drive its insurer partners to improve the quality of their care” with financial incentives for adherence to recommended treatment practices for conditions such as diabetes and hip fractures and financial penalties for failure to follow the practices. AARP will publicly report the performance of the new plans and revise payments to the plans annually based on their performance. AARP said their responsibility is to their members and society, which is why AARP will measure and continuously improve the clinical performance and efficiency of its health plans”. The link between payments to the plans and their performance places AARP “on the leading edge of health care reform”.
Read full news item: AARP Contracts With Aetna, UnitedHealthcare To Expand Available Health Insurance Policies to People Ages 50-64, Quality-of-Care, Kaiser (04/17)