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. >>>
At face value the idea that employees should take greater responsibility for their health or pay the consequences seems reasonable. But the wellness movement has huge potential for abuse and discrimination. >>>
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. >>>
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." >>>
NPR, November 30, 2011
Xconomy, November 30, 2011
HealthLeaders Media, November 29, 2011
Chicago Tribune, November 29, 2011
The Seattle Times, November 28, 2011
Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2011
Billings Gazette, November 21, 2011
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