• Will You Still Need Me When I’m 64?

    As the largest ever cohort of older employees, baby boomers are testing the healthcare system like never before.

    Sometimes the best ideas really do come on the links. Health insurance veteran Jeff Smedsrud says he started noticing an interesting pattern in conversations among his golfing partners.

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  • Healthcare Hot Spots

    A snapshot of federal and state healthcare payment reform proposals.

    Using research from law firm Steptoe & Johnson, we broke down some basics of the federal proposals on the table. We also took a look at the volume of state action and found that, among the varied legislation that has been introduced around the country, more than 25% of states have introduced some kind of single-payer solution.

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  • State Of Flux

    Federal actors are eyeing single-payer health insurance, but states are adroitly reforming the system using vastly different, innovative models.

    Uncertainty hovers over the federal healthcare system. The future status of the Affordable Care Act remains a part of the political agenda, along with calls for a single-payer (or government-run) system. In the meantime, states have initiated a variety of programs to improve patient care and efficiency in healthcare programs, and they’ve done so to plug gaps they believe have not been filled by Washington, D.C.

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  • It’s Personal

    Can insurers and PBMs harness their combined data to truly know the patient better?

    Last December, health services company Cigna acquired Express Scripts, the last major stand-alone pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). The new organization will have size and purchasing power on its side, with a combined expected revenue of more than $140 billion.

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