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Employers seeing benefits of high-deductible plans

By Bob Herman  |  March 23, 2015

High-deductible health plans have aided employers in containing healthcare costs without immediately leading to more expensive healthcare needs for patients, new research suggests.

Blues' tax-exempt loss raises red flag

Blues' tax-exempt loss raises red flag

By Bob Herman  |  March 21, 2015

The belated disclosure that not-for-profit insurer Blue Shield of California lost its tax exemption last summer raises questions of whether other not-for-profit insurers and hospitals may face similar scrutiny of their finances and community-benefit record.

Study weighs debt financing for pricey breakthrough drugs

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 11, 2015

The emergence of new specialty breakthrough medications has come with a hefty price tag that may demand alternative financing approaches to ensure they remain accessible to patients, a new analysis suggests.

Healthcare leaders mull their options as they wait for King ruling

Healthcare leaders mull their options as they wait for King ruling

By Melanie Evans , Beth Kutscher and Bob Herman  |  March 07, 2015

Hospitals, health insurers, physician groups and community health centers, fearing financial damage and patient suffering if millions of Americans lose their coverage, are just beginning to sketch out contingency plans in the wake of the oral arguments last week in King v. Burwell.

Insurance co-op CEO Kevin Lewis explains his plan's success

Insurance co-op CEO Kevin Lewis explains his plan's success

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 07, 2015

Kevin Lewis, CEO of Maine Community Health Options, a not-for-profit, consumer-governed health insurer, outlines why his plan has been in the black while other co-op plans have lost money and what will happen if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the ACA premium subsidies. He spoke with Modern...

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

By Larry Smith and Nat Cross  |  February 25, 2015

The popular stereotype of the role played by medical malpractice insurers in the nation's healthcare system is not positive. And it's true that hospitals and their insurers can be wary and contentious partners, tied together by financial necessity and the stark realities of a litigious society. But...

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