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Vital Signs
MedPAC disputes that half of new Medicare enrollees pick Advantage
By Paul Demko | September 15, 2014
Half of new Medicare beneficiaries are opting for private plans over the traditional fee-for-service program. That's a statistic that's been reported by Modern Healthcare and other publications in recent years. Healthcare consultant John Gorman, one of the foremost experts on Medicare Advantage,...
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Reform Update: Familiar talking points on Medicare emerge in tight congressional contests
By Paul Demko | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started running an ad attacking Braley's stance on Medicare. It is also running...
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Froedtert seeks co-ownership of Ascension health-plan affiliate
By Bob Herman | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Froedtert Health, an academic medical center based in Milwaukee, is in negotiations to buy a 50% stake in Network Health, a health insurance company based in Menasha, Wis.
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Vital Signs
Few Medicare beneficiaries enroll in drug-management program
By Paul Demko | August 07, 2014
Fewer than half of Medicare beneficiaries eligible for a program designed to review medication usage among those with high drug-utilization rates were enrolled in 2012, according to a CMS data analysis from Avalere Health.
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Universal American's zeal for ACOs is fading
By Melanie Evans | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurer Universal American, the largest operator of Medicare accountable care organizations, has exited three ACOs and may drop more as the company sheds poorly performing or fringe businesses, said executives with the publicly traded insurer.
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Vital Signs
Despite cuts, Medicare Advantage benefits, premiums largely unchanged in New York
By Paul Demko | July 19, 2014
Four years after passage of the federal healthcare law, benefits and premiums for Medicare Advantage plans in New York are largely unchanged, according to an analysis conducted by the Medicare Rights Center.
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UnitedHealth poised to expand exchange presence
By Paul Demko | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group will compete for customers in up to two dozen health insurance exchanges during the 2015 open enrollment period. That's at least twice as many markets as the country's largest insurer sold products in during the initial enrollment period, which ended earlier this year.
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Magazine
Insurers likely to post healthy earnings for Q2
By Rachel Landen | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Second-quarter earnings for the major health insurers should be healthy with few surprises, despite financial pressures from fees, rate cuts and higher drug costs, and the potential risk from a new population gaining coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Analysts predict healthy Q2 earnings for insurers
By Rachel Landen | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The earnings consensus among the big health insurance players predicts a healthy second quarter with few surprises, despite financial pressures from fees, rate cuts and higher drug costs, as well as potential risk from a new population gaining coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable...
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Reform Update: ACA automatic re-enrollments seen as easing election uncertainty
By Paul Demko | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Obamacare supporters welcomed HHS' proposal Thursday to automatically re-enroll consumers in health plans on the federal insurance exchange in 2015 to avoid mass confusion and many people dropping out of coverage. But both supporters and critics say the proposal could increase costs for many...
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