Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will start selling health plans on Iowa's exchange during the 2016 open-enrollment period, after sitting out the first two years.
By combining their diverse but complementary areas of expertise, providers and payers can increase market share and revenue as the industry shifts to value-based payment models.
Connecticut's Department of Insurance is playing a major role in a deal that could create the nation's largest health insurer, leading a 26-state review of Anthem's proposed merger with Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna.
A new report says that health insurance companies discriminate against people with hepatitis B and C by charging high out-of-pocket costs for drugs, but the industry lobby has called the analysis “very one-sided” and limited in scope.
Kelly Johnson has been named chief nursing officer and VP for patient-care services at Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.
Health insurer Aetna has hired Gary Loveman, former CEO of the failing casino empire Caesars Entertainment Corp., to become the president of Healthagen, Aetna's health services and consulting arm.
The CEOs of Aetna and Anthem returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to defend their respective transactions to House members, the second such congressional hearing in a week, but hospitals and doctors said the deals remain unjustified and deserve sharp federal scrutiny.
The pharmacy benefit management industry has been quietly changing amid healthcare payment reforms and an increasingly fierce debate over drug prices. Now a leadership shuffle at Express Scripts has experts speculating that the days of PBMs as stand-alone companies may be numbered.
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini and Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish told senators Tuesday that local and national health insurance markets would remain competitive if the federal government approved their pending transactions. Other witnesses expressed sharp skepticism.
At an investor conference last week, Aetna Chief Financial Officer Shawn Guertin said the company intends to create a health services division with Humana's assets once their $37 billion deal was closed.
Medicare Advantage is the obvious prize Aetna has been eyeing as it acquires Humana. But Aetna also hopes to create a health services division with Humana's other assets.
The Affordable Care Act is a law, and consolidation is increasing throughout healthcare. Those were roughly the only two points that House politicians and healthcare witnesses agreed on Thursday.