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How a North Carolina insurer posted what it pays providers on the Web

How a North Carolina insurer posted what it pays providers on the Web

By Bob Herman  |  August 29, 2015

In January, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina launched an online site that allows the public to see how much it pays particular providers for certain services. An unexpected group pushed BCBS of North Carolina to expand its price transparency efforts—physicians.

Some Advantage plans lose members

Some Advantage plans lose members

By Bob Herman  |  August 29, 2015

Medicare Advantage has been held up as a source of solid growth for health insurers. Humana's reach and expertise in the market attracted Aetna's $37 billion buyout bid. But not all Advantage plans are benefiting from the enrollment wave.

Blog: Aetna hires lobbyists to ensure Humana deal

By Bob Herman  |  August 19, 2015

Aetna is determined to nab government approval of its $37 billion acquisition of Humana. And the health insurance titan has bulked up its roster of hired guns to meet that goal.

Anthem, UnitedHealthcare among winners of Iowa Medicaid contracts

By Bob Herman  |  August 17, 2015

Iowa has awarded Medicaid managed-care contracts to AmeriHealth Caritas, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Health Plans, a move that will funnel the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program into the hands of private insurers.

Finalists chosen for Marketing IMPACT Awards

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Modern Healthcare and sister publication Advertising Age are proud to announce the finalists in the second annual Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards competition.

A suitor turned grudging merger target

By Bob Herman  |  August 15, 2015

Behind the scenes of the months-long Humana acquisition drama, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini bested Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani at every turn. Cordani wound up getting very little of what he wanted, including a top job.

How Humana hitched with Aetna (and drove Cigna to Anthem)

How Humana hitched with Aetna (and drove Cigna to Anthem)

By Bob Herman  |  August 11, 2015

The back story behind Aetna's acquisition of Humana reads like a soap opera in which each of the “big five” health insurance companies were involved and multiple deals were hanging in the air at the same time.

Hospitals take aim at big insurance mergers

Hospitals take aim at big insurance mergers

By Lisa Schencker  |  August 07, 2015

Mergers between the nation's largest insurers could hurt competition in a “profound” way when it comes to access, affordability and innovation in healthcare, the American Hospital Association warned in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department.

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

Anthem-Cigna merger poses promise and perils

By Bob Herman  |  July 25, 2015

Anthem's announced $54.2 billion takeover of Cigna Corp. last week is the latest and largest sign of health insurers' lust for scale. But at the heart of the merger momentum is their desire to expand their government business, particularly in the lucrative Medicare Advantage market.

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