A provision within the new Medicare physician payment law eliminates the most popular types of Medigap plans and therefore will lead to future Medigap enrollees paying more out of pocket for their medical care.
Dr. Andrew Gurman sat down with Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Gregg Blesch to discuss the major policy decisions made at the AMA's recently concluded annual meeting, including the group's call to end the ban on federal funding for research on gun violence.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back its participation in the state's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year after losing nearly $300 million in the individual market in 2015.
Aetna's acquisition of Humana is creeping toward the finish line, getting an approval early last week from one of California's health insurance regulating bodies. The insurer's approval process stands in stark contrast to Anthem's purchase of Cigna Corp.
Many of the largest carriers sell Medicare supplemental insurance. UnitedHealthcare, the health insurance unit of UnitedHealth Group, dominates the Medigap market because of its relationship with AARP.
Not-for-profit integrated health systems continued to make money in 2015, but the margins were a lot tighter than the year before, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of financial filings. In some instances, their operational surpluses were slashed by half or more.
Darcy Burthay has been promoted to president and CEO of Providence Health System in Washington, D.C., an Ascension Health subsidiary.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is cutting back its participation in the state's Affordable Care Act exchange after losing nearly $300 million in the individual market in 2015. Narrow networks have become the primary cost-control tool for insurers now.
William Thompson, president and CEO of SSM Health, announced he will retire next year after more than 36 years with the healthcare system. His replacement has not yet been chosen.
Indiana awarded new managed Medicaid contracts to four out of five bidding private health insurers. UnitedHealthcare was the lone company to miss the cut because its proposed costs were too high.
California's top insurance regulator has urged the U.S. Justice Department to kill the pending $53 billion transaction between health insurance titans Anthem and Cigna Corp. over concerns of higher prices and lower quality plans.
The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to hold interest rates at historic lows, continuing the positive borrowing environment that has aided hospitals and the healthcare industry for years.