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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.

Centene announces two CMO assignments

By Adam Rubenfire  |  April 30, 2015

Centene Corp., one of the largest Medicaid managed-care insurers in the country, has announced appointments for two medical executives.

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

Top-paid healthcare CEOs see pay grow faster than profits

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

Total compensation for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the healthcare industry increased faster than their companies' profits last year, a Modern Healthcare analysis of the first firms to report executive pay found.

Why private-equity firms are buying up primary-care practices

Why private-equity firms are buying up primary-care practices

By Beth Kutscher  |  April 18, 2015

Private-equity firms traditionally have invested in medical groups that offer high-reimbursement potential, such as dermatology and dentistry. Now, equity firms are also scouting for primary-care practices that are ahead of the curve in value-based care.

The health insurance stock boom

The health insurance stock boom

By Bob Herman  |  January 27, 2015

Investors in health insurance companies will surely celebrate the upcoming five-year anniversary of Obamacare, a law that aggressively restricts how insurers do business but nevertheless brought them huge gains in the stock market.

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