From Health Plan Week - There is no hiding the fact health insurers are in a state of flux when it comes to strategizing over Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges. Major plans like UnitedHealth Group and Humana Inc. are exiting most marketplaces for 2017, and once staunch exchange supporter Aetna Inc. is rethinking its level of participation as the losses from individual policies grow to the hundreds of millions of dollars per year (story, p. 1). Read more
From Health Plan Week - The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) on July 28 unveiled a suite of newly branded products to serve what it says is a thriving international private medical insurance business for multinational employers and people traveling overseas. The move comes at a time health insurers doing business in the international market segment say employers are looking to tighten their budgets for overseas benefits even as the demand for the products… Read more
From Health Plan Week - Bill Frist, M.D., the former Senate Majority Leader and Republican senator from Tennessee, tells HPW in an exclusive interview that his close connection to the practice of telehealth began 50 years ago when he witnessed his father, a cardiologist, interpret the equivalent of EKGs via the telephone. A surgeon himself, Frist saw the value early on of a physician being able to ease a patient’s mind or get a person… Read more
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