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Talk of possible Aetna, Anthem acquisitions reaches fever pitch

It's time to play "Let's Make a Deal." Or, perhaps, "The Price Is Right." Also, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" In case you missed the news--and, judging from...

A healthcare funding story only fit for Florida

Spend enough time on the Internet and you eventually come across a meme called Florida Man. The term typically describes an oddball criminal committing the sort of misdeed that, for whatever reason,...

Finding universal truths in healthcare analytics case studies

It's hard to have a broad conversation about either analytics or healthcare. Both topics are quite academic, and neither lends itself to credible generalities, so before very long, the conversation often turns to a narrow set of data or a specific medical specialty. It's even harder to have a broad conversation about analytics in healthcare. 

It's time to make Blue Shield of California a for-profit insurer

As a native of the Boston area, I often view California with a mix of awe, intrigue and bewilderment. What's it like to have cities laid out in a sensible grid? Why isn't everyone in the...

Medicare Advantage rates, risk scores and the future of senior healthcare

Sometimes, in the midst of reporting the news day after day, you miss the proverbial Big Picture. It usually takes several stories centered on a common theme, along with some sort of memory trigger,...

HIMSS15: Population health management is this year's biggest buzzword

My favorite aspects of the annual Health Information and Management System Society's annual conference, in no particular order, include reconnecting with friends and colleagues, hearing health...

Patient, consumer engagement only begins road to empowerment

Most everyone with even a passing interest in healthcare information technology is headed to Chicago this week for the Health Information and Management Systems Society's HIMSS15 conference....

It's Opening Day, but deal-making payers already in midseason form

It's Opening Day, which means baseball fans everywhere are smiling--even, for once, on the north side of Chicago, even if they don't have bleachers to sit in. For a few days, all fans exude...

To fix healthcare, remember the 80/20 rule

Spend enough time in the business world and you're bound to come across the 80/20 rule, which states that 80 percent of an effect comes from 20 percent of a cause. A small group of customers...

CO-OPs still searching for their Holy Grail

Several minutes into "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," two men wander through a medieval village. "Bring out your dead," they shout as they pull a cart of plague-stricken...