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Medicare.gov contractor looks to go public
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Connecture, a technology company that powers and designs Web-based health insurance marketplaces, plans to go public. The Brookfield, Wis.-based company on Monday filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of stock.
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Vital Signs
What's essential in some states isn't in others, study finds
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014
President Barack Obama's healthcare law mandated that certain health plans start covering common services. But because the federal government offered states latitude in those initial determinations, the definition of an essential health benefit ranges widely across the country, a report...
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Information
More insurers put spending limits on medical treatments
Kasier Health News via NPR | October 21, 2014
To clamp down on healthcare costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are putting limits on how much they'll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements, lab tests and complex imaging. A recent study found that savings from such moves may be modest, however, and some analysts...
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Reform Update: At AAFP gathering, topics range from access to vasectomies
By Andis Robeznieks | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The lasting and fleeting impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are a focus of the American Academy Family Physicians' policy-setting meeting and educational assembly in Washington this week.
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Magazine
UnitedHealth, HCA post stronger numbers
By Bob Herman and John N. Frank | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The nation's largest insurer and the largest hospital chain are proving that the major players on both sides of the insurer-provider divide can find ways to thrive in an era when overall healthcare spending remains in check.
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Send nominations for Excellence in Governance Award
Modern Healthcare | October 18, 2014
Modern Healthcare is now accepting nominations for its inaugural Excellence in Governance awards for 2015.
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News
Delaware's Medicaid program dumps Aetna for Highmark
By Bob Herman | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna will shut down its Medicaid plan in Delaware by the end of this year because the publicly traded insurer and the state couldn't agree on new managed-care rates.
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UnitedHealth's earnings suggest tame medical spending
By Bob Herman | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group's profit per share in the third quarter exceeded Wall Street's estimates in large part because of lower-than-expected medical costs, giving hope for other health insurers that healthcare spending is still being held in check.
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Magazine
New hepatitis C drug costs nearly $100,000
By Paul Demko | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A second potential blockbuster drug from Gilead Sciences to treat hepatitis C has been approved by the FDA. But at a cost of nearly $100,000 for a full course of treatment, it is certain to spark further debate over the pricing of specialty drugs.
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Magazine
Hostile ballot initiatives confront health insurers
By Bob Herman | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Insurance industry officials will gather in Washington this week to discuss the biggest political, legal, legislative and regulatory issues their companies face at the local level.
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