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New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

New Indiana Medicaid contracts snub UnitedHealthcare

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2016

Indiana awarded new managed Medicaid contracts to four out of five bidding private health insurers. UnitedHealthcare was the lone company to miss the cut because its proposed costs were too high.

Medicaid's unmanaged managed care

By Bob Herman  |  April 30, 2016

A new federal rule will encourage states to ramp up auditing of Medicaid managed-care insurers, many of which keep their medical spending hidden from public view.

What CEOs really think about the dizzying pace of dealmaking

What CEOs really think about the dizzying pace of dealmaking

By Bob Herman  |  March 05, 2016

Hospitals and physician groups are consolidating, too, but most of the leaders on Modern Healthcare's Power Panel are more concerned about the financial impact of the pending health insurance megamergers.

Does BlackRock's spending spree auger health stock comeback?

By Bob Herman and Dave Barkholz  |  February 06, 2016

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is placing big bets on healthcare stocks. The giant New York money manager, which oversees more than $4.5 trillion in assets, took large positions last year in at least 14 investor-owned healthcare companies and a host of medical-device and equipment...

The health insurance industry's identity crisis

The health insurance industry's identity crisis

By Bob Herman  |  January 30, 2016

Most insurers have embraced the ACA, and it has helped many of them financially through the tacit encouragement of products such as high-deductible plans. But many still puzzle over how to pivot beyond what was long the core of their business: employer-based plans and holding down medical claims.

Why the healthcare industry shouldn't panic about UnitedHealth's ACA alarm

Why the healthcare industry shouldn't panic about UnitedHealth's ACA alarm

By Bob Herman  |  November 20, 2015

Even if UnitedHealth Group does bail, it's by no means certain that other insurers—many of which are more heavily invested in the exchanges—would immediately follow. And some analysts say UnitedHealth's announcement was mostly about putting pressure on the Obama administration.

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