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Cigna-Express Scripts deal reflects industry in transition

Cigna-Express Scripts deal reflects industry in transition

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 22, 2018

The need to tame healthcare spending and stay on top of potential competition has led health insurers to pair up with nontraditional partners. Here's how the five dominant national insurers are reshaping themselves and the industry.

Mergers yield minimal supply chain savings

Mergers yield minimal supply chain savings

By Alex Kacik  |  September 21, 2018

Many providers cite savings on services and supply chain as a sizable factor driving their mergers and acquisitions. But a new paper shows bundling purchases and standardization don't save as much as they think.

Mercy Health and Bon Secours complete merger

Mercy Health and Bon Secours complete merger

By Alex Kacik  |  September 05, 2018

The combined system has 43 hospitals, $8 billion in net operating revenue and more than 57,000 employees, including a new leadership team.

Health systems driving prices higher with physician group purchases

Health systems driving prices higher with physician group purchases

By Alex Kacik  |  September 04, 2018

The percentage of hospital-employed physicians increased from about 25% in 2010 to more than 40% in 2016, which is associated with a 12% increase in Affordable Care Act premiums, a 9% hike in specialist prices and a 5% boost in primary-care prices from 2013 to 2016, a new study concludes.

WellCare scores Medicaid members, PBM as it closes Meridian deal

WellCare scores Medicaid members, PBM as it closes Meridian deal

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 04, 2018

The deal, first announced in late May, boosts WellCare's Medicaid membership in Illinois and Michigan and gives it a foundation to build its internal pharmacy management capabilities, which could help the insurer save on prescription drug costs.

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