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The trends and news behind this year's list

The trends and news behind this year's list

By David May  |  August 20, 2016

Enduring influence is the central theme for many of the names atop this year's list, Modern Healthcare's 15th annual ranking. Coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 this year are CEOs of two of the nation's largest healthcare systems. The nation's payers are also well represented at the top.

Fixing the insurance exchanges

Fixing the insurance exchanges

By Bob Herman  |  August 06, 2016

Industry and regulatory fixes to the ACA marketplaces appear inevitable as impatience and insurer losses escalate.

DOJ says Aetna, Anthem merger deadlines can't impede trial dates

By Erica Teichert  |  August 03, 2016

The Department of Justice is pushing for February trial dates for its looming challenges to Aetna and Anthem's massive health insurance merger deals, and the companies' self-imposed deadlines shouldn't speed up the process.

Anthem ends Q2 with higher medical expenses, unclear future with Cigna

By Bob Herman  |  July 27, 2016

Less than a week after finding out the U.S. Justice Department would seek to block its acquisition of Cigna Corp., Anthem said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit fell more than 9% year over year and it lowered its earnings projections for the rest of the year.

In answer to DOJ lawsuit, Anthem argues Cigna deal would boost ACA exchanges

In answer to DOJ lawsuit, Anthem argues Cigna deal would boost ACA exchanges

By Bob Herman  |  July 27, 2016

Anthem threw punches back at the U.S. Department of Justice's attempt to block the insurer's acquisition of Cigna Corp. The response signals Anthem will indeed litigate the case to the end even though many analysts and policy experts say the company is unlikely to win

Editorial: Don't shed tears for health insurers

Editorial: Don't shed tears for health insurers

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 23, 2016

A superficial reading of the latest headlines about the health insurance industry suggests it is facing serious problems, but the steady drumbeat of bad news for insurers is showing up everywhere except in the finances of the major carriers.

Insurers will consolidate even if mega-mergers fail

Insurers will consolidate even if mega-mergers fail

By Bob Herman  |  July 23, 2016

Even if the feds bury Anthem's acquisition of Cigna and Aetna's Humana deal, the big five health insurers are likely to forge new transactions to scale up and improve their position at the bargaining table with consolidating hospitals and systems.

Why the Justice Department rejected the Aetna and Anthem deals

Why the Justice Department rejected the Aetna and Anthem deals

By Bob Herman  |  July 21, 2016

The government argues both transactions would “substantially lessen competition in numerous markets around the country.” The result, antitrust regulators said, would lead to “higher prices and reduced benefits” for consumers. Both companies plan to challenge the DOJ in court.

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