HHS hikes civil money penalties

By Bob Herman and Erica Teichert  |  September 06, 2016

Healthcare organizations that run afoul of federal regulations will be paying heftier penalties, due to updates made by HHS last Friday that factor in multiple years of inflation.

Cigna's Medicare problems won't be fixed by annual enrollment

By Bob Herman  |  September 06, 2016

Cigna has spent the past eight months attempting to resolve the major problems found in its Medicare Advantage plans, but the health insurer does not expect those issues will be rectified by the time Medicare beneficiaries participate in annual enrollment this autumn.

Innovations: Bringing hospital-level care home

Innovations: Bringing hospital-level care home

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 06, 2016

Co-founded in 2015 by former venture capitalist Travis Messina, Nashville-based Contessa Health provides medical and surgical acute-care services to patients in their homes at a bundled rate.

Insurers will consolidate even if mega-mergers fail

Insurers will consolidate even if mega-mergers fail

By Bob Herman  |  July 23, 2016

Even if the feds bury Anthem's acquisition of Cigna and Aetna's Humana deal, the big five health insurers are likely to forge new transactions to scale up and improve their position at the bargaining table with consolidating hospitals and systems.

Changes loom as most-popular Medigap plans face extinction

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

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.

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