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Proton-beam centers sprout despite evidence drought
By Jaimy Lee | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Widespread construction of expensive proton-beam therapy centers is galloping ahead, despite warnings from insurers and policy experts who decry the lack of evidence proving that the costly treatment produces better outcomes in prostate cancer patients, its most frequent use.
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Denying access to big cancer centers may undermine narrow networks
By Sabriya Rice | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Patient access to some of the nation's best-known cancer-care centers could become a flashpoint in the simmering controversy surrounding the narrow networks being constructed by some insurers and healthcare providers.
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Insurers struggle to calculate rates as enrollment nears end
By Darius Tahir | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When open enrollment in the insurance exchanges closes March 31, insurers will be scrambling to evaluate their new membership, assess the law's latest rules, guess at their competitors' strategies—and decide on exchange plan premiums and their choice of markets for 2015.
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News
Making meaningful use of patient-friendly technology
By Sabriya Rice | February 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Digital tools such as iPads, mobile applications, online portals and text messaging are gaining popularity in hospitals, as many seek to better engage patients, improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Although these technologies are steadily making their way into clinical practice, industry...
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News
Insurance companies drive costs
February 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “'We can't afford' healthcare's continuing increases, Aetna chief says”: Insurance companies, with all their phony rules, are a major part of the problem.
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'We can't afford' healthcare's continuing increases, Aetna chief says
By Joseph Conn | February 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system doesn't incentivize people to stay healthy or help them shop for competitive prices and higher quality care or obtain needed follow-up care, Aetna Chairman, President and CEO Mark Bertolini said in his HIMSS keynote speech.
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Information
Court rules against Notre Dame in contraception case
By Associated Press | February 22, 2014
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal healthcare law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives.
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Information
Aetna's 4Q profit jumps 94%, misses forecasts
By Associated Press | February 06, 2014
Aetna Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled, thanks in part to a $6.9 billion acquisition, but the nation's third largest health insurer missed Wall Street's earnings expectations.
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Reform Update: Insurers stand to benefit from shift toward Medicaid managed care
By Paul Demko | January 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The movement toward Medicaid managed care fueled in part by the healthcare reform law presents significant opportunities for insurance companies to expand their reach in the programs.
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Vital Signs
ACA exchange plans need major changes, Aetna's Bertolini says
By Harris Meyer | January 22, 2014
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said Wednesday that so far the Obamacare insurance exchanges have signed up only a small percentage of Americans who previously were uninsured, and that shows the program needs major changes.
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