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." >>>
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. >>>
Costs for healthcare services covered by commercial plans far outstrip Medicare services growth, even with the federal healthcare program’s older, sicker population, according to Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices. Analysts blame cost-shifting. >>>
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