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Bundled payments lowered cost of cancer treatment in 3-year UnitedHealth study

Bundled payments lowered cost of cancer treatment in 3-year UnitedHealth study

July 9, 2014 8:25 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – An experiment changing how U.S. cancer doctors are compensated cut healthcare costs by a third, with no discernible decline in patient health, according to a three-year study by…


Cigna CEO: Canceled healthcare plans disruptive to Obama’s reform

Cigna CEO: Canceled healthcare plans disruptive to Obama’s reform

October 31, 2013 2:17 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – The hundreds of thousands of Americans whose individual insurance policies will be canceled as Obamacare takes full effect next year are experiencing a disruptive element of healthcare reform,…



Companies shaking up the healthcare industry with private coverage

Companies shaking up the healthcare industry with private coverage

September 20, 2013 3:52 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American companies are sending shockwaves through the healthcare industry by moving a rapidly growing number of employees onto privately run online exchanges for their medical coverage.
In a business already bracing for major chan…


Helped by growth in retail, employer units, Humana profits rose 18 percent

Helped by growth in retail, employer units, Humana profits rose 18 percent

July 31, 2013 6:17 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Health insurer Humana Inc said on Wednesday that its second-quarter profit rose 18 percent, helped by low medical costs and growth in both its direct-to-customer division and employer-based insurance unit.
Chief Executive Officer Bruce Bro…


Humana’s CEO talks about ‘massive project’ of developing healthcare exchanges

Humana’s CEO talks about ‘massive project’ of developing healthcare exchanges

June 25, 2013 12:58 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Bruce Broussard took over as chief executive of Humana Inc in January, just in time to steer the health insurer’s entry onto the health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s reform law.
Humana plans to sell subsidized ins…


After lengthy legal fight, unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step allowed

After lengthy legal fight, unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step allowed

June 11, 2013 10:21 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after-pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a letter on Mon…


Is the Affordable Care Act living up to its name? Yes, says Obama to California

Is the Affordable Care Act living up to its name? Yes, says Obama to California

June 7, 2013 12:08 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama will tell Americans they are getting a good deal out of healthcare reform during a trip to California on Friday, where an argument is raging over whether it is living up to its name as the Affordable Care Act.
Suppor…



Most large employers to keep health insurance benefit: survey

Most large employers to keep health insurance benefit: survey

March 7, 2013 9:29 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Most large employers don’t expect to send their full-time employees to government health exchanges for insurance during the next five years, but some retirees and part-time workers will end up there, a new survey has found.
The outlook for…


Proposed 2014 Medicare Advantage rates cut insurer payments

Proposed 2014 Medicare Advantage rates cut insurer payments

February 19, 2013 10:10 am by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Proposed reductions in government payments for Medicare Advantage insurance plans – estimated at $11 billion by an insurance industry trade group – sent health insurer shares lower on Tuesday.
Humana Inc said that the planned cuts would af…


Insurers tally flu’s costs as U.S. epidemic continues

Insurers tally flu’s costs as U.S. epidemic continues

January 25, 2013 2:46 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The bills for the flu – at epidemic levels in the United States this winter – are piling up.
The nation’s three largest insurers, UnitedHealth Group Inc, WellPoint Inc, and Aetna Inc, have paid at least $100 million more than usua…


Hospital shares up, insurers down after Obama win

Hospital shares up, insurers down after Obama win

November 7, 2012 12:12 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Shares of hospitals and other healthcare companies that will benefit from President Barack Obama’s health reform legislation jumped on Wednesday after his election victory, but health insurers fell as the law’s costs became more certain.
O…


Corporate America’s big embrace of high-deductible insurance plans

Corporate America’s big embrace of high-deductible insurance plans

October 28, 2012 1:46 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visit to New York City orthopedist: $223. One X-ray: $50. One follow-up magnetic resonance imaging test: $766. Total bill for checking out that aching shoulder: $1,039 – all to be paid by the patient, rather than the insurer.
Heal…