A look at the eye-opening variation in premiums in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces tops the Health Affairs Blog most-read list for August. Joel Ario, Adam Block, and Ian Spatz examine the factors behind this variation and discuss the implications for policymakers.

Last month’s top ten also include three posts in Tim Jost’s continuing series on implementing the Affordable Care Act. as well as a post on technology and health care by Tom Daschle and Bill Frist. The list additionally includes posts on hospital readmissions, employer wellness programs, the Pioneer ACO program, and more.

The full list with links is below.

  1. Premium Rate Variation In Exchanges Is An Eye Opener
    by Joel Ario, Adam Block, and Ian Spatz
  2. Implementing Health Reform: ACA Litigation And Out-Of-Pocket Spending Limits
    by Timothy Jost
  3. Technology And The Changing Business Of Health Care
    by Thomas Daschle and Bill Frist
  4. Reducing Hospital Readmissions: It’s About Improving Patient Care
    by Debra Ness  and William Kramer
  5. We Need To Know More About Wellness Incentives
    by Harald Schmidt
  6. Pioneer ACOs’ Disappointing First Year
    by Jeff Goldsmith
  7. The Slowing Of Health Care Spending: Have We Turned A Corner?
    by Kenneth Kaufman and Mark Grube
  8. Patient Engagement Is The Key
    by Lewis Sandy
  9. Implementing Health Reform: A Proposed Rule On Congressional Exchange Participation
    by Timothy Jost
  10. Implementing Health Reform: Exemptions From The Individual Mandate
    by Timothy Jost