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.

Insurer mergers, ACA exchanges' sustainability will be issues to watch in 2016

By Bob Herman  |  January 01, 2016

The health insurance industry will be watching and waiting to see if antitrust regulators approve several big insurance mergers, whether the Affordable Care Act's exchange market grows more sustainable, and whether states adopt new regulations governing provider network adequacy.

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.

CMS admits bad dual-eligible math

CMS admits bad dual-eligible math

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 07, 2015

Health plans have complained for years that the CMS doesn't treat them fairly if they enroll large numbers of low-income people with complex medical needs. It looks as if they have been heard and may see the changes they want.

Centene's behemoth Medicaid business continues to swell

By Bob Herman  |  October 27, 2015

Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported large increases in profit and revenue in the third quarter, yet another period of significant growth for the St. Louis-based Medicaid managed-care insurer.

Finalists chosen for Marketing IMPACT Awards

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 15, 2015

Modern Healthcare and sister publication Advertising Age are proud to announce the finalists in the second annual Healthcare Marketing IMPACT Awards competition.

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