From Health Plan Week - Over the past 20 years, more than $150 billion in venture capital (VC) has been invested in the health care sector, according to the 2016 MoneyTree Report released Jan. 11 by PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights. Investments in the last three months of 2016, however, dropped 43%, while overall investments declined 26% from the third quarter of the year. Read more
From Health Plan Week - Health insurance rates in the group market have remained relatively stable over the past several years. However, little has been done to impact the cost of medical care, and employers in 2017 will push health insurers for more savings. As the economy has grown more robust, employers are looking to grow their business and want to rein in employee benefit costs, says Cary Badger, a former Regence Group executive who is… Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - Just as Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are continuing to invest in value-based care models, they also are wrapping insurance products around networks built on the foundations of these programs. “Consumers and health providers alike understand that as health care costs continue to grow, programs that deliver on the triple aim represent the best way to ensure that we can provide high quality coverage at an affordable cost,” Horizon Blue… Read more
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