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The largest Medicare Advantage insurers in each state

The largest Medicare Advantage insurers in each state

Via  - - Becker's Hospital Review Here are the largest Medicare Advantage plans by number of covered lives in each state listed below Also attached is the full report from America's Health Insurance Plans.   Alabama: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Cigna,...

This Health Insurance Giant Wants to Pay for Your Apple Watch

This Health Insurance Giant Wants to Pay for Your Apple Watch

Time Magazine reports In a partnership with Apple, Aetna announced Tuesday a new app and wellness program that will track and offer personalized health recommendations to its customers, and grant them the option to redeem points for gift cards or toward payments for...

Hospital Mergers Get Even Bigger As Seller Size Hits $400M

Hospital Mergers Get Even Bigger As Seller Size Hits $400M

Full details in this new report. The trend comes as medical care providers look to grab scale to compete with national health insurers and outpatient medical care providers entering their markets Just last month drugstore giant CVS Health completed its acquisition of...

U.S. Opioid Crisis Is Top Health Story of 2018

U.S. Opioid Crisis Is Top Health Story of 2018

The scourge of opioid addiction and related deaths cut through American society again in 2018, capturing headlines and making it the year's top health story Rates of opioid-linked fatal overdoses have doubled over the past decade and topped 70,000 in 2017, the CDC...

Hospitals Spend 64% More on Advertising After a Data Breach

Hospitals Spend 64% More on Advertising After a Data Breach

Hospitals spend 64 percent more annually on advertising after a breach over the following two years, according to a recent report from the American Journal of Managed Care A hospital breach significantly increased the amount of spending around advertising for two...

CMS 2018 Opioids Roadmap

CMS 2018 Opioids Roadmap

Although progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the crisis is not slowing down CMS is publishing a roadmap outlining our efforts to address this issue of national...

Medicare to Require Hospitals Post Prices Online

Medicare to Require Hospitals Post Prices Online

US hospitals will have to post their standard prices online and make it easier for patients to access their electronic medical records, Medicare officials said Tuesday Currently, hospitals must make their prices public, but the new rule requires the information to be...

Humana Takes 40% Stake in Kindred at Home

Humana Takes 40% Stake in Kindred at Home

Humana is acquiring a major stake in Kindred Healthcare’s home care division for about $800 million in the latest move by an insurer to lower costs by directly providing healthcare services Humana will receive 40% of Kindred at Home as part of a joint venture with...

Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

A shortage of nurses at US hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately...

Is the U.S. Ready for a Single-Payer Health Care System?

Is the U.S. Ready for a Single-Payer Health Care System?

Avoiding political perspectives - I felt this was a rather thoughtful and insightful report by the Harvard Business Review on considering the question of what the future may or may not look like Full article on HBR.org HBR's intro below  - worth a read if you're...

Employers Offer More Telemedicine Benefits

Employers Offer More Telemedicine Benefits

Telemedicine is no longer be a novelty, with three in five large US employers now providing cost-saving digital healthcare benefits to employees 59% of employers offer access to a telemedicine program, compared with 30% in 2015 and just 16% in 2014 A typical charge...

This is Why You Need a Flu Shot

This is Why You Need a Flu Shot

If you’ve been debating whether to get a flu shot, you should watch this beautifully terrifying 3 minute animation by NPR of a virus taking over a cell and sending millions of its progeny off to spread the infection. https://youtu.be/Rpj0emEGShQ A single virus...

The 10 fastest-growing healthcare companies on the Inc. 5000

The 10 fastest-growing healthcare companies on the Inc. 5000

According to the annual Inc 5000 list, here are the top 10 rapid-growth healthcare companies thats have grown at astounding rates (over 3000%) in the past several years The 10 fastest-growing companies in healthcare: Castle Medical - provides drug testing services for...

Causes of Death – Interactive Data

Causes of Death – Interactive Data

There are many ways to die and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the ways into 113 causes, which are grouped into 20 categories of disease and external causes The CDC's Underlying Cause of Death database provides estimates for the number of...

Cyberattack Bullseye Is Squarely on Medical Industry

Cyberattack Bullseye Is Squarely on Medical Industry

No industry has been hit harder by cyber invasion than the health care industry, where companies work with private documents, proprietary medical records, and personal patient information on a daily basis The numbers are staggering: last year alone, 100 million...