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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?

Medicare Advantage rates show insurers' lobbying muscle

By Bob Herman  |  April 07, 2015

Health insurers didn't get everything they wanted from their lobbying blitz on Medicare Advantage rates, but the policies issued Monday made the industry's political power abundantly clear.

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.

Q&A: 'Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers'

Q&A: 'Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers'

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 14, 2015

Mark Ganz, president and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, a not-for-profit parent of 22 companies offering healthcare products and services, discusses how his companies are seeking to make healthcare more consumer-directed.

Lobbying peaks as rates for Medicare Advantage expected

Lobbying peaks as rates for Medicare Advantage expected

By Bob Herman  |  February 14, 2015

Health insurance lobbyists are sharpening their knives this week in preparation for the CMS' scheduled announcement of preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage payment rates after the markets close Friday.

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