It seems that each week brings with it a new research study on the impact of consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs). Are they saving any money? Are they helping to educate health plan members to be better consumers? Are these consumers making good choices about their health care spending, or are they skimping on preventive care?

The latest of these studies came from American Journal of Managed Care, an independent, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to disseminating clinical information to managed care physicians, clinical decision makers, and other health care professionals.

The study analyzed claims and enrollment data for 808,707 households from 53 large US employers, 28 of which offered high deductible health plans (HDHPs) or CDHPs. The study focused only on the first-year experience in an HDHP or a CDHP.

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