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UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest

UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest

By David Royse  |  May 02, 2015

A UnitedHealthcare pilot to control rising clinical laboratory costs in Florida has sparked an uprising among physicians and lab companies who say the program is burdensome and unfairly limits competition.

King ruling won't change road to consumer-based health system

King ruling won't change road to consumer-based health system

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 02, 2015

Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of Louisville, Ky.-based Humana discusses his company's use of mobile health information technology to help providers manage patients' care, the movement toward greater consumer choice in healthcare, and recent CMS payment and policy changes for the Medicare...

Dr. Stephen Grubbs heads new ASCO department

Dr. Stephen Grubbs heads new ASCO department

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 02, 2015

Dr. Stephen Grubbs has been named senior director of the new clinical affairs department of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Alexandria, Va.

King ruling won't change road to consumer-based health system, Humana CEO says

King ruling won't change road to consumer-based health system, Humana CEO says

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 02, 2015

Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of Louisville, Ky.-based Humana discusses his company's use of mobile health information technology to help providers manage patients' care, the movement toward greater consumer choice in healthcare, and recent CMS payment and policy changes for the Medicare...

Aetna's profit jumps 17% on lower medical costs

By Bob Herman  |  April 28, 2015

Aetna beat earnings estimates and recorded $777.5 million of profit in the first quarter this year, prompting the Hartford, Conn.-based health insurer to raise profit predictions for the rest of the year.

Blog: Should Medicare make the switch to electronic cards?

Blog: Should Medicare make the switch to electronic cards?

By Bob Herman  |  April 27, 2015

Medicare could benefit by moving to a system of electronic cards, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. But such a switch could be costly for providers and create a host of problems with current electronic health records.

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

Schwartz to head lobbying group for Medicare Advantage

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, 66, will be CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, a Washington-based lobbying organization that advocates for the private Medicare Advantage industry.

Despite rate complaints, Advantage plans continue to grow

Despite rate complaints, Advantage plans continue to grow

By Bob Herman  |  April 11, 2015

Medicare Advantage insurers last week learned the CMS will boost payment rates for 2016 by the highest amount since the ACA was enacted. Insurers have complained bitterly about the yearly rate uncertainty, but Advantage enrollment has grown by about 8% annually since 2010. What gives?

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