If ever there was a year in which "anything could happen" in healthcare, 2012 just might be it. Numerous major decisions, regulations, and policy rollouts loom, including how severely physicians' pay will be cut and whether the Affordable Care Act itself is a constitutional document. We look at a dozen potential game changers. >>>
We look at the strategies behind five major deals this year involving Cigna, Highmark, WellPoint, UnitedHealthGroup, and Aetna, in which the insurers have emphasized horizontal integration, vertical integration, and international opportunities. >>>
In our annual Industry Survey, 31% of top healthcare leaders say their organization is likely to acquire another, and 15% expected to be acquired. We ask four health leaders for their views on the long-term impact that this wave of consolidation will have on improving the overall quality of care while reducing cost. >>>
By most accounts, Marilyn Tavenner will not bring to the top job at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services the "visionary" status that Don Berwick has enjoyed. Her friends and colleagues, however, suggest that Tavenner is politically astute and unlikely to "be a bomb thrower." >>>
Marilyn Tavenner, tapped to succeed Donald Berwick, MD, as head of the Centers for Medicare Services & Medicaid, is generating a favorable response from a former Administrator and major healthcare industry groups. >>>
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