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Blog: UnitedHealth dumps AHIP

Blog: UnitedHealth dumps AHIP

By Bob Herman  |  June 23, 2015

America's Health Insurance Plans lost its star leader a few weeks ago, and now a heavyweight member is heading out, too.

Out-of-network charges under fire

Out-of-network charges under fire

By Bob Herman  |  June 06, 2015

Hospitals contend that their high and extremely variable chargemaster prices shown in new CMS data are misleading because very few patients are asked to pay them. But the rates are a growing concern as more patients face unexpected out-of-network bills.

AHIP's Ignagni moving to head up troubled N.Y. insurer

By Bob Herman  |  May 23, 2015

Karen Ignagni, 61, the longtime head of America's Health Insurance Plans, is leaving the industry's powerful lobbying group to become president and CEO of EmblemHealth, a financially troubled insurer based in New York.

FDA overhaul bill moves ahead after funding deal

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 23, 2015

Sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation's drug and device approval process and boost medical research funding raced ahead this past week in the House of Representatives.

AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni leaving for EmblemHealth

AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni leaving for EmblemHealth

By Bob Herman  |  May 21, 2015

Karen Ignagni, the longtime head of America's Health Insurance Plans, is leaving the industry's powerful lobbying group to become president and CEO of EmblemHealth, a financially troubled insurer based in New York.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

Healthcare logjam breaks in Congress

By Paul Demko  |  April 25, 2015

There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...

Despite rate complaints, Advantage plans continue to grow

Despite rate complaints, Advantage plans continue to grow

By Bob Herman  |  April 11, 2015

Medicare Advantage insurers last week learned the CMS will boost payment rates for 2016 by the highest amount since the ACA was enacted. Insurers have complained bitterly about the yearly rate uncertainty, but Advantage enrollment has grown by about 8% annually since 2010. What gives?

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

More health systems launch insurance plans despite caveats

By Bob Herman  |  April 04, 2015

Provider-owned health plans continue to spring up or get larger as more hospitals and physician groups are moving to take on financial risk for their patients under value-based and capitated payment contracts.

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