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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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WellPoint CEO: Insurer readies for technology wave
By Associated Press | July 10, 2014
WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish says that when people ask what a doctor's appointment will be like in the future, they assume that patients will physically have to visit an office. They're wrong, the insurance executive says.
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Insurers likely to post healthy earnings for Q2
By Rachel Landen | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Second-quarter earnings for the major health insurers should be healthy with few surprises, despite financial pressures from fees, rate cuts and higher drug costs, and the potential risk from a new population gaining coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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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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WellPoint's Joseph Swedish argues for collaboration, not integration
By Joseph Swedish | June 28, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A recent article in Modern Healthcare quoted my friend and colleague Lloyd Dean of Dignity Health who cautioned against the growing movement, or at least the intensifying interest, for health systems to enter the health insurance market. A similar trend has been slowly taking form on the payer...
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Dr. Cary Sennett named CEO of Asthma and Allergy Foundation, and other moves
By Modern Healthcare | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Cary Sennett has been named president and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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Reform Update: As insurance deals lure hospitals, Dignity Health isn't biting
By Melanie Evans | June 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dignity Health has not balked at big gambles to diversify its operations, moving into retail with CVS Caremark and expanding into 17 states with the 2012 acquisition of an occupational health and urgent-care company. But there's one bet Dignity Health won't take: health insurance.
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Vital Signs
Nearly 1 million added to Medicare Advantage rolls in 2014
By Paul Demko | May 29, 2014
Medicare Advantage plans added nearly 80,000 new customers in May, according to a breakdown of the latest enrollment data by analysts at the investment firm Barclays. So far this year, nearly 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have signed up for the private health plans.
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Reform Update: States with dysfunctional exchanges scramble to fix sites
By Paul Demko | May 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States with dysfunctional insurance exchanges are running out of time to decide how to proceed for the 2015 open enrollment period. Less than six months remain until the next signup window opens.
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