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Techies want to Uber-ize healthcare. One VC fund says: 'Not so fast.'

Techies want to Uber-ize healthcare. One VC fund says: 'Not so fast.'

Many healthcare technology developers talk about Uber-izing healthcare—the way Uber ushered in a new transportation model that completely circumvented the taxi industry. But the Uber model may not work in an industry that has very entrenched interests, high hurdles to entry and a crowd that doesn't rely on apps.

WellCare craves M&A opportunities and has money to spend

By Bob Herman  |  February 10, 2016

WellCare executives are getting “formal M&A training” this month and will eventually scour the marketplace for promising Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans. The insurer has been storing surplus cash and now has $1.25 billion of “dry powder” to spend on transactions.


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Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

Healthcare share of GDP by country, 2016

A one page list of 21 OECD nations with universal coverage, ranked by percentage change of healthcare GDP from 2000 and 2013. Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Published: Feb. 8, 2016, p. 34.


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Northwell Health-backed insurer sees huge enrollment spike

The health plan, a subsidiary of Northwell Health, signed up 91,193 members. Last year, it had 26,567 members. Much of that bump was likely the result of the demise of startup insurer Health Republic, which left 200,000 members without coverage when regulators shut it down.

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UnityPoint's Kaplan named CEO at UW Health

UnityPoint's Kaplan named CEO at UW Health

Dr. Alan Kaplan was announced Tuesday as the next CEO of UW Health in Madison, Wis. Kaplan is currently executive VP and chief clinical transformation officer at UnityPoint, a regional health system based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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