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Centene's finances boom as it works toward Health Net takeover

By Bob Herman  |  July 28, 2015

Profit and revenue at Centene Corp. rapidly ascended in the second quarter, a trend that has defined the St. Louis-based health insurer for the past two years. The company's pending acquisition of Health Net has it primed for even larger growth.

M&A Watch Q2: Pay parity draws investors to behavioral health

By Beth Kutscher  |  July 18, 2015

Investors now have a heightened interest in behavioral health after new laws have gone into effect giving treatment for mental disorders payment parity with physical illnesses. Insurers and government payers also are beginning to see treatment of behavioral health disorders as a wise investment.

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust scrutiny

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust scrutiny

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 11, 2015

Federal antitrust reviewers will likely look market to market in deciding whether to approve the proposed Aetna-Humana merger and other looming health insurance industry tie-up deals, experts say.

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust review

Aetna-Humana merger will face tough antitrust review

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 09, 2015

Legal experts agree that massive insurer consolidations will likely draw intense antitrust scrutiny, but whether those reviews will destroy the deals is an open question.

Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

By Associated Press  |  July 03, 2015

Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal healthcare overhaul.

Providers fear insurance mergers will intensify rate pressures

Providers fear insurance mergers will intensify rate pressures

By Bob Herman  |  June 27, 2015

The health insurance industry is on the verge of large-scale consolidation as its leaders seek to drive down costs, increase negotiating leverage and boost profits. But that could spur more consolidation among providers to counter the greater bargaining power of a smaller number of big insurers.

UnitedHealth, other insurers see revenue rise in 2014

By Michael Sandler  |  June 13, 2015

UnitedHealth Group saw an upsurge in its government business as it topped Modern Healthcare's list of the largest publicly traded health insurance companies in 2014. Nearly all of insurers on the list enjoyed an increase in total revenue in 2014 compared with the previous year.

New Medicaid medical-loss ratio won't strip insurer profits

By Bob Herman  |  May 27, 2015

The federal government is loosely capping the profits of Medicaid managed-care insurers. But many large companies already live within the proposed ratio, raising questions about the regulation's influence.

Dr. Stephen Grubbs heads new ASCO department

Dr. Stephen Grubbs heads new ASCO department

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 02, 2015

Dr. Stephen Grubbs has been named senior director of the new clinical affairs department of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Alexandria, Va.

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