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Reform Update: Facing ACA mandates, insurers diversify into technology
By Beth Kutscher | August 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurance companies, now required to spend the lion's share of premium revenue on patient care, are looking for higher investment returns elsewhere. As a result, they're increasingly putting money into technology ventures where they expect to realize higher returns.
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Kaiser cuts Obamacare rates 1.4% for 2015; Anthem hikes rates 4.6%
By Los Angeles Times | August 12, 2014
Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente is lowering its rates for Obamacare coverage in California by 1.4% next year, and rates for Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint, are going up 4.6%, on average,
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Despite exchanges' drag on income, Aetna's profits rise
By Paul Demko | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna's participation in state and federal exchanges is creating a modest drag on profitability, company officials said repeatedly on a call with investors Tuesday. Despite that financial challenge, the insurer beat analysts' expectations for earnings in the second quarter and plans to expand into...
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Dr. Harold Paz will become chief medical officer of health insurer Aetna, and other moves
By Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Harold Paz, CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, will step down and become chief medical officer of health insurer Aetna, effective July 28. He will replace Dr. Lonny Reisman, who left Aetna in April.
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Reform Update: Insurers, providers may need to work harder to educate ACA's newly covered
By Rachel Landen | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Millions of Americans gained health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this year, but the influx apparently has not yet translated into patients packing doctors' offices. That may reflect a lack of understanding about how and where to seek care—and a lack...
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Convenience, fixed prices boost demand for doctor visits via Web, text
By Los Angeles Times | July 14, 2014
Online medical exams and retail clinics offer a convenient, low-cost alternative to long waits at primary-care offices. Consumers seeking convenience and predictable prices are being driven to search for medical services available at extended hours and for a fixed fee. But critics of the services...
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Penn State Hershey CEO leaves for Aetna
By Bob Herman | July 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Harold Paz, CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, will step down and become chief medical officer of health insurer Aetna, effective July 28.
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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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First Choice Emergency Room's parent goes public
By Bob Herman | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Adeptus Health, the parent company of the largest free-standing emergency room network in the U.S., went public Wednesday, with shares jumping by the end of the day.
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Success with value-based contracts called a balancing act
By Beth Kutscher | June 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some providers are finding that success with value-based contracts depends on whether they can counter lower inpatient volume by adding new customers.
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