Tag Archives: Medicare

Anthem misses Street’s 3Q street profit forecast; threat to leave Obamacare a much bigger worry

Health insurance giant Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) said it expects its individual business under the Affordable Care Act to return to “slight profitability” in 2017, but won’t commit to providing such coverage… Read more »

Aetna tops Wall Street’s 3Q expectations; So just how bad is it out there?

Aetna Inc.’s (Hartford CT) third-quarter earnings rose nearly 8% to top Wall Street forecasts, as growing government business and cost cutting countered higher costs from the health insurer’s Affordable Care… Read more »

Obamacare Marketplace Expected to Shrink by 1.14 Million as Insurers Flee ACA; Lessons to Learn from Medicare?

An increasing number of people in Obamacare are learning that their health insurance plans won’t be available under the program next year, forcing them to find alternative coverage amidst dwindling… Read more »

Humana, Cigna Bomb Latest Medicare Plan Ratings; Shares Slide

Shares of Humana Inc. (Louisville KY) sank 5% through Thursday, Oct. 13, after the insurer indicated a downgrade in a key Medicare quality measure could lower its federal reimbursements. Although… Read more »

Tenet to Pay $553 Million to Settle Kickback Allegations; Culture of Corruption Dates Back Decades

Tenet Healthcare Corp. (Dallas TX) and two of its Atlanta subsidiaries have agreed to pay more than $513 million to resolve criminal and civil claims accusing the chain of paying… Read more »

Bloomberg: Data Show US Devotes Disproportionate Resources to Healthcare with Lackluster Results

The U.S. healthcare system remains among the least-efficient in the world, ranking 50th out of 55 countries in 2014, according to a Bloomberg index that assesses life expectancy, healthcare spending… Read more »

Medicare’s Forgotten History Shows How to Rescue Obamacare.

In the last few years, even though premiums in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces were rising, most customers could avoid a big price rise by shopping for a… Read more »

Drugmakers’ Pricing Power Helped by Exclusivity Rights: JAMA

The U.S., which spends more on drugs than any other country, might contain costs by limiting market exclusivity for brand-name medicines and changing coverage requirements for government health plans, some… Read more »

Obama Administration Seeks Overhaul to Medicare Reimbursement for Heart-Attack Treatments

The Obama administration is seeking to restructure how the government pays for heart attack-related medical care in a bid to reduce health spending, officials announced last Monday. Medicare has long… Read more »