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Data Points: Hardest medical bills to pay? ED visits

Data Points: Hardest medical bills to pay? ED visits

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 23, 2018

Although healthcare costs continue to rise, the number of Americans having trouble paying their bills dropped between 2011 and the first half of 2017. Some of that can be attributed to increased coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Still, medical debt continues to be a pervasive problem.

Blues plans shoulder growing administrative costs

Blues plans shoulder growing administrative costs

By Tara Bannow  |  June 22, 2018

A new report that studied 14 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans covering 37.1 million people found administrative costs grew by 5.9% in 2017, the highest rate since 2013.

Surge in private equity deals causes some alarm

Surge in private equity deals causes some alarm

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 16, 2018

Some industry stakeholders fear that as private equity firms gobble up more and more healthcare companies, patients will lose out on choice, prices could creep higher and price transparency could decrease if public companies are taken private.

Blues reap billions in savings from corporate tax cut

Blues reap billions in savings from corporate tax cut

By Shelby Livingston  |  June 15, 2018

Not-for-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates scored billions of dollars in tax savings from the Trump administration's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, which lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% and eliminated the alternative minimum tax.

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