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UnitedHealth to buy Catamaran for $12.8 billion

UnitedHealth to buy Catamaran for $12.8 billion

UnitedHealth Group has agreed to buy Catamaran Corp., a publicly traded pharmacy benefits manager, for almost $12.8 billion in cash.

Demand grows for care coordinators in primary care

By Melanie Evans  |  March 28, 2015
Demand grows for care coordinators in primary care

A growing number of health systems, accountable care organizations and medical home-style practices are deploying care coordinators—which some call navigators. That is changing how patients get care and it's changing the jobs of doctors, nurses and other front-line providers.

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

By Bob Herman  |  March 28, 2015
Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

Narrow-network health plans have grown in popularity, particularly on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, because their cheaper premiums appeal to price-sensitive consumers, but there is significant consumer and provider dissatisfaction with how many of these plans are organized.



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Editorial: The SGR fix helps the value-based care evolution

The incentives in the permanent “doc-fix” legislation will not, by themselves, drive physicians toward value-based compensation schemes. But by early next decade, independent physician practices that stick to fee-for-service medicine will find it increasingly difficult to earn a living.

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