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8 million enrollment total tops good-news week for Obamacare
By Paul Demko | April 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Higher-than-expected enrollment, lower-than-expected premiums and subsidy costs, and increased interest from insurers made last week a good one for Obamacare, leaving Republican critics scrambling to figure out how to respond.
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Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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UnitedHealth to expand exchange presence as profits dip
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, plans to expand its presence in the state and federal exchange marketplaces in 2015.
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Insurers object to new compliance fees; hospitals take opposing stance
By Virgil Dickson | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An HHS proposal designed to ensure uniformity in how healthcare providers and payers handle patient data has created a new division among the two groups. Insurance companies are objecting to the plan while hospitals and physicians are supporting it. The proposal would cost insurers between $25...
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Insurers still see Medicare Advantage cuts on horizon
By Catherine Hollander | April 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurers and Wall Street analysts still see cuts ahead for Medicare Advantage plans even though the Obama administration says that tweaks to its draft policy mean the rates will rise.
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Consumers can opt out if Medicare Advantage networks drop their docs: CMS
By Andis Robeznieks | April 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Lost in Monday's announcement by the CMS of 2015 Medicare Advantage rates was another significant decision it issued to allow consumers an opt-out option when their health plans narrow their MA networks.
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Despite cuts, Medicare Advantage enrollment, insurers' stocks, still surging
By Paul Demko | April 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Despite widespread projections that Medicare's reduced payments to Advantage plans mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would lead to enrollment reductions, private Medicare plans are booming.
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Under intense lobbying pressure, CMS to issue final Advantage rates
By Paul Demko | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Lots of lobbyists will be watching when the CMS announces final 2015 payment policies for Medicare Advantage plans on April 7.
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Health insurance stocks are hot, despite chilly predictions
By Paul Demko | March 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers' financial prospects are looking up, to investors at least, even as the industry's trade group continues to warn of dire times ahead.
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Groups showcase interoperability efforts
By Joseph Conn and Jaimy Lee | March 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Several interoperability collaborations presented at the HIMSS conference demonstrated that information technology vendors and healthcare providers are focusing on connecting competing electronic health records and health information exchanges as well as medical devices and health IT systems.
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