The high-deductible trap Last Updated: November 13, 2014
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Joe Damore, a vice president at the Premier healthcare alliance, said high-deductible health plans can align with accountable care principles, but “the devil is in the details of the plan design … People can delay care if the high-deductible plan is not designed correctly.” Dr. Tricia Nguyen, chief medical officer for the Mesa, Ariz.-based ACO Banner Health Network, agreed that ACOs and high-deductible health plans can work together if patients have cost and quality information available to help them make decisions. However, health systems don’t always have that information readily available. “In today’s environment, it is not conducive to members who have a high-deductible health plan because there’s a lack of transparency, a lack of information around cost and quality of services,” she said.

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