Financial Management

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Humana records premium reserve of $176M due to ACA losses

Humana said Wednesday that it recorded a premium deficiency reserve totaling $176 million--or $0.74 per share--for the fourth quarter to cover anticipated losses on its individual commercial policies.

Letting Medicare negotiate drug prices may produce limited savings

Presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle, including both winners of last night's New Hampshire primary, have supported allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. But a brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation says the financial windfall may be limited.  

Cigna makes performance-based drug pricing deal with Novartis

Health insurer Cigna has teamed up with Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG to set the price for a new heart medication based on performance, Reuters reports.  

Concierge practice less about money, more about quality of life

There are several reasons physicians are drawn to alternative practice models, such as direct pay and concierge medicine. For Doug Pitman, M.D., the most meaningful benefit of switching to concierge care was the ability to restore balance to his life, according to a commentary in  MD Magazine.

In struggle over future of ACA exchanges, consumers caught in the middle

I often think of the old expression "I only have two hands" when my plate seems too full or in any situation when people or organizations have expectations assigned to them that they...

A 2006 healthcare bill could serve as foundation for a single-payer system

A decade-old plan with a focus on cost-sharing could help the country successfully transition to a universal healthcare program, according to a  Vox  blog post.

Cigna reports earnings rise in Q4

Cigna reported Thursday that its fourth-quarter adjusted income from operations rose to $486 million, or $1.87 per share, up from $475 million ($1.80 per share) at the same time in 2014.

UnitedHealth sues feds over Medicare Advantage overpayment rule

UnitedHealthcare and 40 other affiliated companies have sued the federal government in an attempt to change what they argue are unfair regulations governing Medicare Advantage overpayments.  

Obama to include Cadillac tax adjustment in budget proposal

Next week, President Barack Obama will propose amending the controversial Cadillac tax on expensive private health plans in the administration's 2017 budget plan, according to a article from the  New England Journal of Medicine.  

Insurers move to stem ACA losses--but at expense of consumers?

Seeking to stem their financial losses on Affordable Care Act exchange products, health insurers have started to discourage consumers from signing up for coverage outside of standard enrollment periods and choosing less-profitable plans,  Kaiser Health News  reports.