Health Insurance Exchanges Drive Industry Dynamic Similar To Early Days Of Smartphones

The Comparison will be Particularly Evident in Cities Where Hospitals and Physicians are Consolidated around Two or Three Health Systems, According to a New Executive Briefing from HealthLeaders-InterStudy

Sep 05, 2013, 10:31 ET from HealthLeaders-InterStudy

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy, the leading provider of managed care market intelligence, leverages proprietary research and expert analysis to achieve insights in U.S. healthcare that help companies make the best decisions. As State Health Insurance Exchanges prepare for launch, the relationship between providers and health plans is in flux and the lines between Health Systems and Health Plans are increasingly blurred.  The dynamic is reminiscent of the cell phone industry in the U.S., just after the iPhone was released. 

HealthLeaders-InterStudy's newest Executive Briefing—entitled "Can You Hear Me Now? Exchanges Put Insurance on Same Path as Smartphones"—explores the parallels between the two industry events, walking through the rise of self-contained "healthcare ecosystems," the necessary rebranding of narrow networks, the negotiating leverage that integrated payer/provider networks create and what the mature post-Exchange healthcare market could look like.

"The individual mandate will accelerate the commoditization and consolidation of healthcare to a degree where the closest modern parallel may be the widespread adoption of smartphones," explains Mark Cherry, Market Analyst at HealthLeaders-InterStudy. "Healthcare providers and insurers will not only focus on branding and reputation, but also new partnerships such as exclusive provider networks and hybrid payer/providers."

Download the Executive Briefing here.

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