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Humana goes on a primary care spending spree

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Humana. But this one is big. According to a September 2022 article in Fierce Healthcare, Humana is pumping $500 million into primary care clinics,… Read More

Break out your umbrella — we’ve got a payer forecast ahead.

Showers are forthcoming. Maybe even thunderstorms, by the look of it. According to a recent article in Becker’s Payer Issues, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) reported third-quarter revenue growth in the double digits across… Read More

More people are covered by health insurance – but health insurance covers less

Here’s the good news: The number of Americans with health insurance is hitting historic highs. And the bad news: The health insurance itself is inadequate. According to recent findings from the Commonwealth… Read More

Can the feds finally make mental health parity a reality? Here’s hoping…

The future of mental health coverage parity remains uncertain, according to a recent article from Axios. But it’s not for lack of trying. For the upcoming legislative session in February, the Senate… Read More

California governor shoots down bill to protect patient access

It’s an unfortunate ending for California patients – a utilization management bill successfully passed the state Assembly and Senate, just to be vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Sponsored by California Assembly member Dr.… Read More

A picture’s worth a thousand words. For health insurers, it’s worth millions.

You know that $100+ premium you pay each month to ensure you have health insurance? Or maybe it’s more like $500+? For the really unlucky, it could even be $1,000+! Turns out,… Read More

With big premium bumps, Northeastern consumers may be facing a frigid financial future

We’re not saying we told you so, but we are saying we saw this coming. Health insurance premiums are up nearly 14%, and consumers across the States are already facing inflated insurance… Read More

Hospital outlooks? ‘Deteriorating.’ Payor predictions? ‘Attractive returns.’

Bad news for nonprofit hospitals (and just after things were maybe looking up!). Ratings agency Fitch Ratings published a new outlook for the nonprofit hospital sector, and it’s anything but encouraging. In… Read More

We’ve made it another half-year. Guess which health insurer is in the lead (again).

We’ve made it another half-year. Guess which health insurer is in the lead (again). Another earnings season, another unfathomably large profit for our nation’s largest health insurance company (and the rest aren’t… Read More

Hospitals may catch a break in insurer negotiations (but we’re not holding our breath)

Dare we say we have . . . good news? Could it be that payers are finally acknowledging how expensive it is to operate a hospital? According to a recent article in… Read More

Insurance contract disputes: when the odds are not in patients’ favor

They say all’s fair in love and war. Well, not when it comes to health insurance contract disputes. At least, such is the case for one local community in California. Adventist Health… Read More

Health insurers don’t want to cover your care—their chronic denials prove it

In 2020, amid a global pandemic, health insurers on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces denied close to one-fifth of all in-network claims, according to a Healthcare Dive article citing Kaiser Family Foundation… Read More

Optum takes its joint ventures to the next (vertical) level

Is there any type of business that health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group won’t try to stick a flag in? Per a July 11 article in Modern Healthcare, UnitedHealth’s massive physician group, Optum,… Read More

Aetna sees the light (finally)

Has a health insurer actually seen the harm their restrictive policies cause for patients? According to a recent article in Fierce Healthcare, Aetna is coming to terms with the fact that last… Read More

N.C. State Health Plan Report Lacks Critical Context

Dale Folwell, North Carolina’s Treasurer, recently commissioned and endorsed the findings of a one-sided, short-sighted report. Its title, ‘North Carolina Hospital Systems Enjoyed Record Profits During Pandemic,’ smells of click-bait. It’s curious… Read More

For Anthem, a rose by any other name . . .

Drumroll, please. Because later this month, Anthem will become … wait for it: ‘Elevance Health.’ This is the health insurance company’s second rebrand in a decade, and you’re not alone in wondering… Read More

That ‘no-name’ drug in your cabinet? It may not be saving you as much as you think.

Let’s face it: the only reason we buy generic goods is to save money. (And when it comes to healthcare, there’s a lot that inevitably needs to be saved.) This is especially… Read More

Medicaid expansion: just a bandage for wounds inflicted by NC health insurers

We’ve been sounding the alarm for quite some time now: Rural hospitals struggled before COVID-19. They barely held on during the pandemic. And if private health plans continue to slash reimbursements, rural… Read More

UnitedHealthcare’s ‘evil empire’ strikes back against a new lawsuit

Break out the popcorn for this one.   According to a recent article in HealthLeaders, UnitedHealthcare has found itself in yet another legal battle. United is no stranger to being sued and at… Read More

Reading between the lines in the latest hospital/health plan split

The separation of a Maine hospital from one of the nation’s biggest health insurers speaks to an overarching pattern: the unending blame game of health insurers.

Health plans put the squeeze on Medicare Advantage

For health insurers, the Medicare Advantage (MA) cup is definitely not half empty. In fact, the cups runneth over as insurance companies seem to squeeze as much as they can from the… Read More

Another coverage “error” for BlueCross BlueShield

Health insurance is a tricky business. In most lines of work, you can’t just say one thing and then do another. But as it turns out, if you’re a big enough insurance… Read More

UnitedHealth Group wants to talk healthcare “realities.” We’re game.

If healthcare were real estate, UnitedHealth Group owns the whole block. They just don’t want you to know that. According to a March 17th article in the Minnesota newspaper The Star Tribune,… Read More

When we break out the Monopoly board, health insurers come to mind

Big Health Insurer continues to speed around the Monopoly board – passing GO, speeding past Park Place, and disengaging the brakes towards their intended win. We covered the continued rise of concentrated… Read More

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