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With new health law, insurers target diabetics
By Associated Press | April 13, 2014
Diabetics beware. Your insurance company is looking for you. As hundreds of thousands of diabetics get health coverage under the federal law, insurance companies are aggressively targeting this glut of new patients, who are expensive to treat and often lax in taking medications and following their...
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Double-digit premium hikes 'likely' for 2015 exchange plans
By Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A little over a year ago, Joseph Swedish took over the reins of WellPoint, the $71 billion insurance giant whose plans and affiliates finance the healthcare needs of nearly 70 million individuals. A veteran...
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N.Y. incubator Startup Health adds 16 companies
By Irina Ivanova, Crain's New York Business | April 10, 2014
The New York-based incubator StartUp Health admitted 16 new companies to its current class, the company announced this week. The incubator runs a three-year program that helps healthcare startups develop their products and raise venture capital.
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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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CHIME sees new executive VP/chief strategy officer April 1, and other moves
By Modern Healthcare | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Keith Fraidenburg is slated to become the executive VP/chief strategy officer at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives effective April 1.
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ACHE discussions range from trust to crisis as 'the new normal' | Action in Washington on doc pay and ICD-10 underscores fluidity of healthcare environment.
By Melanie Evans | March 28, 2014
Attendees of the American College of Healthcare Executives annual meeting did not limit their discussions to the marketplace and health policy.
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Reform Update: Insurers struggling to figure 2015 rates as open enrollment winds down
By Darius Tahir | March 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When open enrollment in the insurance exchanges closes March 31 for most Americans, insurers will be scrambling to evaluate their new membership, assess the Obama administration's latest rules, guess at their competitors' strategies—and decide on exchange plan premiums and their choice of...
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Live@ACHE Video: WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish on enrollment and rates in Obamacare plans
By Modern Healthcare | March 26, 2014
WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish explains how the company has fared during the tumultuous open-enrollment period for health plans established under the ACA. Swedish also addresses the growing controversy over narrow provider networks.
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WellPoint making big push toward performance-based payouts
By Melanie Evans | March 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Insurance giant WellPoint will seek to tie half its commercial reimbursement to performance-based payouts by the end of the year, up from 30% last year, company CEO Joseph Swedish told industry professionals Tuesday.
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Healthcare changes 'need to mean progress,' ACHE chair-elect says
By Melanie Evans | March 24, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Uncertainty created by healthcare's rapid changes should be met with a strategic vision that can withstand powerful forces in the marketplace, the ACHE chairwoman-elect told hundreds of industry professionals in Chicago.
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