Gregory A. Freeman is a contributing writer for HealthLeaders.
The companies' proposed merger could be closely scrutinized. Cigna is looking to increase purchasing power, particularly with specialty drugs.
The collaboration is intended to benefit consumers in several ways. The groups also are promoting the move to value-based care.
A new study shows that a government program for managing chronic care cuts costs while also improving care for the chronically ill.
The proposed rule on short-term plans hinges on the issue of renewability.
Changes in the economy are prompting healthcare CFOs to reconsider long-held financial strategies. Rising interest rates may require a different mix for capital portfolios.
Medicaid and CHIP children with special needs have access to care comparable to those on private insurance. Their care is more affordable, though their families experience other hardships.
California state regulators are investigating Aetna's coverage decisions and whether physicians properly review claims. The concerns may be overblown, however.
A survey of health plan leaders suggests they are realizing what consumers already knew: High deductibles keep people from obtaining needed proper healthcare.
Hospital CFOs are likely to welcome the most recent foray from Amazon into the healthcare market, as it should lead to lower supply costs, second only to labor as a major cost center, an investment banking analyst says.
The Amazon health plan promises to accelerate the disintegration of traditional healthcare silos. Health plans may be facing the same upheaval that Amazon brought to retailers.