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Is BCBS stealthily stifling competition?

Remember when we covered the $2.67 billion class action suit against several Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans in Michigan and the claims accusing them of price-fixing to squelch competition? We noted… Read More

Humana’s latest home care acquisition

Health insurer Humana is on an acquisition roll, bringing yet another home health care provider into its fold. They just snarfed up One Homecare Solutions, which goes by Onehome, for an undisclosed… Read More

Humana invades the home health business

In April, we covered Humana branding its health services arm to bring together its primary care, pharmacy, and in-home care services under the name CenterWell. While we pontificated on Humana’s dramatic growth, it… Read More

Is a year’s worth of pent-up medical care about to hit?

As the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives over the past year, many people delayed aspects of their medical care and postponed elective procedures. But now that the country is starting to open… Read More

Forget telehealth. We’ve got an app for that.

Cigna’s latest offering for its 14 million members is a behavioral health coaching, therapy, and psychiatry services app called Ginger. This new product is reflective of a steadily increasing demand for behavioral… Read More

Is Anthem heading for an Epic fail?

Anthem (big health insurance company) is going to team up with Epic (large data analytics and health tech company) to leverage Epic’s massive medical records database for its internal purposes. Through this… Read More

There’s big money in those PBMs

The stats on the expansion of IngenioRx, Anthem’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), are hot off the presses—and the numbers are big. To help put them in context, here’s a quick primer on… Read More

Artificial intelligence in healthcare: Does it lower costs for patients or lower the costs of patients?

Healthcare Dive recently broke the news that med-tech startup K Health is partnering with two major players—health insurer Anthem and investment management giant Blackstone Growth—to launch a joint venture called Hydrogen Health.… Read More

Evernorth’s high-rise portfolio gains another story

On April 20, Healthcare Dive updated a story we’ve been following about the acquisition of telehealth company MDLive by Evernorth, the recently re-branded primary health services umbrella group of Cigna. The Dive story… Read More

United’s power play

As UnitedHealthcare continues to make bold moves—acquiring here, consolidating there—it’s managing to become the biggest health insurance entity in the known universe. As we’ve reported on several times, its health services subsidiary,… Read More

Humana finds a new name, runs familiar playbook

The health insurance behemoth Humana is about to embark on a rebranding initiative that will unite its primary care, pharmacy, and in-home care services under the name CenterWell. Its first two rebranded… Read More

Super-sized Cigna

The telehealth company MDLive, one of the biggest telehealth platforms in the country, will be acquired by Evernorth, Cigna’s recently rebranded health services unit. The deal is expected to close in Q2… Read More

In every way, Optum is getting bigger. And bigger, and bigger

We’ve said it before: One man’s pandemic is another man’s windfall. Especially when that “man” is UnitedHealth Group, which appears to be taking the profits it’s piled up during the COVID-19 pandemic… Read More

The slide toward regional health insurance monopolies picks up speed

With its 2020 “Competition in Health Insurance” study, the American Medical Association (AMA) set out to identify markets where the M&A of health insurance companies could cause competitive harm to consumers and… Read More

Oklahoma moves state Medicaid business to these 4 for-profit insurers

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced the state is moving its Medicaid business to 4 for-profit healthcare companies: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Humana Healthy Horizons, Oklahoma Complete Health (a subsidiary of… Read More

The AHA flags new UnitedHealthcare policies for federal scrutiny

Two new seemingly unrelated policies being rolled out by UnitedHealthcare—one on labs and the other on specialty drug distribution—have been flagged by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as problematic for the same… Read More

Update on United’s acquisition of Change Healthcare: Shareholders and providers expressing concern

In early January, we shared our point of view on UnitedHealthcare’s planned acquisition of the data company, Change Healthcare. To no one’s surprise (at least not ours), there is some controversy surrounding… Read More

Optum sets its sights on Massachusetts’ largest independent physician group

When we look at the trend toward vertical integration in the insurance industry (i.e., insurance giants gobbling up pharmacy benefits managers, data and analytics companies, specialty pharmacies, digital patient monitoring platforms, provider… Read More

Blues plan switches to a United-owned PBM

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network recently announced they are switching from Express Scripts (owned by Cigna) to OptumRx (owned by UnitedHealth Group) with the intention of reducing… Read More

Aetna just cut Walgreens from its Medicaid plan in Illinois

Ever since the CVS/Aetna deal closed in late 2018, we’ve been tracking how the merger of a major insurer with a pharmacy and healthcare services giant will impact the choices individuals with… Read More

Centene expands into behavioral health with a $2.2B acquisition, just weeks after dipping further into pharma

On January 4, 2021, Centene announced a definitive agreement to acquire Magellan Health, an insurer with a vast behavioral health network, for $2.2 billion. Centene claims that in light of the pandemic,… Read More

United buys itself a $13 billion holiday present

Looks like UnitedHealthcare might have been saving up all those profits to buy itself an extravagant New Year’s gift. In early January, United’s subsidiary Optum announced that it will purchase the technology… Read More

Unanimous Supreme Court decision is a blow to PBMs and the insurers that own them

In 2015, Arkansas passed a law prohibiting pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) from reimbursing pharmacies less than what it cost to acquire a drug. The law was challenged by the PBM lobbying group… Read More

Six health insurance executives to keep an eye on in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many industries to pivot. The entertainment industry has taken to Zoom and other virtual formats to continue providing “live” shows. The restaurant industry has shifted to takeout,… Read More

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