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N.Y. Obamacare insurers ask for big rate hikes

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  May 19, 2016

New York insurers asked for large premium increases as a way to counteract rising costs, and in some cases, gargantuan losses. Insurers selling plans to individuals requested a 17.3% average increase and those selling small-group plans asked for an average 12% rate hike.

HHS finalizes transgender anti-discrimination rule

HHS finalizes transgender anti-discrimination rule

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 14, 2016

HHS has finalized a rule that bans discrimination against transgender people throughout the healthcare system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The final rule comes amid the U.S. Justice Department's heated fight against a North Carolina law.

Organizations should stay committed to Lean

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 14, 2016

Regarding the recent article “Presence Health rethinks its Lean initiative,” Lean and Lean Six Sigma are needed in healthcare more than ever. I

Commercial insurance margins offset rising Medicare losses

Commercial insurance margins offset rising Medicare losses

By Dave Barkholz  |  May 07, 2016

As hospital margins on traditional fee-for-service Medicare patients plunged deeper into the red, cost-cutting at hospitals has allowed many to make up those losses from their commercially insured clientele.

Editorial: The great cost shift

Editorial: The great cost shift

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 07, 2016

In most presidential election years, the politics of healthcare at least has a nodding acquaintance with reality. This year, the two aren't even on speaking terms.

Q&A: 'Healthcare has a bull's-eye on its back'

Q&A: 'Healthcare has a bull's-eye on its back'

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 07, 2016

Advocate Health Care CEO James Skogsbergh has begun his term as chairman of the AHA's board of trustees. In an interview with Modern Healthcare, Skogsbergh, a former college baseball player, didn't duck the high hard ones on the challenges facing the AHA and Advocate.

Cigna hedges on timing of Anthem merger review

By Bob Herman  |  May 07, 2016

Cigna Corp. reported stronger-than-expected profit in the first quarter, but the health insurer's stock fell after the company hinted that its proposed tie-up with Anthem may not get regulatory approval this year.

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