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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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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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Insurers predict Medicare Advantage cuts even as CMS touts rate increase
By Catherine Hollander | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Insurers and Wall Street analysts foresee 2015 payment cuts for Medicare Advantage plans even as the Obama administration, under intense industry lobbying, said last week that it planned to slightly boost rates.
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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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New path to Medicare cost control | Bipartisan bill touts flexibility, incentives, chronic-care management—and maybe enough to fund doc-pay fix
By Andis Robeznieks - With Jessica Zigmond | January 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Move over accountable care. A new contender for controlling Medicare costs has entered the arena. The Better Care, Lower Cost Act of 2014, introduced this month by Democratic and Republican sponsors in the House and Senate, offers an innovative path for the future of Medicare.
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UnitedHealth Group reports strong 2013 results
By Paul Demko | January 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group reported strong revenue and earnings for 2013, boosted by continued enrollment growth and a strong performance by Optum, its technology services arm.
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Kindred seeks to shake up post-acute care continuum
By Steven Ross Johnson | January 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Kindred is among a number of post-acute providers banking on the likelihood of payment for post-acute care changing from fee-for-service to a value-based model.
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Issa seeks information about shrinking provider networks for Medicare Advantage plans
By Paul Demko | December 02, 2013
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is seeking information from 15 of the country's largest insurance firms about reductions in provider networks.
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In ads, many insurers distance themselves from exchanges, ACA
By Rachel Landen | November 19, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration may not be getting the kind of boost it hoped for from private insurers advertising to promote enrollment through the new marketplaces created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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