Clincians raise patient safety concerns about a policy that foists onto ophthalmologists the responsibility for anesthesia monitoring during cataract surgery. Anthem says the policy is consistent with its commitment to providing high-quality, affordable care.
Health insurer Cigna Corp. plans to buy Express Scripts Holding Co. in a cash-and-stock deal worth $52 billion, excluding debt, that the companies say will expand their health care offerings and help them control costs.
Another $125 million will go toward long-term initiatives to improve access to behavioral health, primary care, and substance abuse services, and $275 million will be set aside in case Congress takes it back.
Private insurance spending for hospital care is decelerating, owing to aging Baby Boomers transitioning to Medicare, the impending repeal of the individual mandate, and the growth of high-deductible plans that constrain utilization.