Health Insurance News

Health insurance news is important to every American, so we have created a comprehensive, tailored daily digest on the topic. This Wiser email is delivered daily and contains the best health insurance articles on the web so that you can stay informed. Health insurance covers the medical and surgical expenses of its customers. It is a business model that spreads the cost of healthcare across a wide group of people and over a long period of time. The health care system in the United States is largely built on this model of private health insurance, although there are also substantial initiatives to provide health coverage for the elderly and others that do not have insurance. The industry is currently dealing with pressures including increased demand, partly fueled by an aging population. New and more expensive treatments and technologies are also putting a strain on prices, as is the increased use of diagnostic testing. Whether you are a healthcare professional, you work in the insurance industry, or you are simply concerned about your own plan, the daily health insurance news email from Wiser is your best source of information.

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Your Weekly Recommendations Wednesday, November 22, 2017
 
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4 healthcare groups weigh in on CMS' innovation center direction
Becker's Hospital Review • Julie Spitzer
Sticker shock for many, insurer exits if Obamacare rule killed
CNBC • Dan Mangan
Good Samaritan Health, 800-member physician group align with Cigna for health plan
Becker's Hospital Review • Morgan Haefner
Oregon health system seeks to eliminate 100 jobs, cut workers' pay to avoid shortfall
Becker's Hospital Review
Proposed CVS-Aetna deal likely to gain approval, analysts say
Becker's Hospital Review • Morgan Haefner
CMS says most states will deplete CHIP funding by March: 4 things to know
Becker's Hospital Review • Morgan Haefner
Skagit Regional Health names Paul Ishizuka CFO
Becker's Hospital Review
More health care podcasts to add to your listening regime
Covering Health • Joanne Kenen
Kaiser Permanente achieves 22% reduction in antibiotic use with EHR alerts
Becker's Hospital Review • Brian Zimmerman
Republicans Can’t Govern
Slate • Jamelle Bouie
 
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Barack Obama, Health Care Costs
4 healthcare groups weigh in on CMS' innovation center direction
Becker's Hospital ReviewJulie Spitzer
In September, CMS issued a request for information seeking feedback on what it called a "new direction" for its Innovation Center. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation was established to help evaluate payment and delivery system models for Medicare and Medicaid...
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Economic Policy, Finance
Sticker shock for many, insurer exits if Obamacare rule killed
CNBCDan Mangan
A group of experts who set insurance prices warned Senate leaders Tuesday that repealing Obamacare's key coverage rule will lead to price hikes, and could weaken insurers' solvency and lead some to exit the market. At the same time, a leading health...
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Aetna, Cigna
Good Samaritan Health, 800-member physician group align with Cigna for health plan
Becker's Hospital ReviewMorgan Haefner
San Jose, Calif.-based Good Samaritan Health System and its 800-physician medical group will operate a joint health plan with Cigna. The health plan will be available Jan. 1 for Santa Clara County residents. A joint operating committee with representatives from Cigna, Good...
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Health Care Industry, Health Insurance
Oregon health system seeks to eliminate 100 jobs, cut workers' pay to avoid shortfall
Becker's Hospital Review
St. Charles Health System, a four-hospital system in Bend, Ore., is planning to eliminate jobs, cut employee pay and suspend merit-based raises to avoid a $25 million to $35 million shortfall next year, according to KUOW. St. Charles Health System President and...
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Aetna, Economic Policy
Proposed CVS-Aetna deal likely to gain approval, analysts say
Becker's Hospital ReviewMorgan Haefner
Two analysts project President Donald Trump's administration is unlikely to block CVS Health's proposed $66 billion-plus bid for Aetna, according to the Hartford Courant. Here are three things to know about their thoughts on the deal, which sources said could arrive this...
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Health Insurance, Health Insurance Policy
CMS says most states will deplete CHIP funding by March: 4 things to know
Becker's Hospital ReviewMorgan Haefner
All states will exhaust federal Children's Health Insurance Program funding in fiscal year 2018, according to a recent CMS bulletin. Here are four things to know. 1. Congress allowed CHIP funding, which covers roughly 9 million low-income children, to expire Oct. 1....
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Corporate Governance, Health Care Industry
Skagit Regional Health names Paul Ishizuka CFO
Becker's Hospital Review
Mount Vernon, Wash.-based Skagit Regional Health tapped Paul Ishizuka to serve as interim CFO. Mr. Ishizuka came to Skagit Regional from Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, Wash., where he was CFO. His prior experience includes serving as medical center financial officer for...
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Health Care Costs, Health Care Industry
More health care podcasts to add to your listening regime
Covering HealthJoanne Kenen
Last year we drew your attention to a growing boom in health care podcasts. Time for an update. Please note that this is partly crowdsourced – I don’t have time to listen to all of them! Email me your favorites, and I...
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Antibacterials, Electronic Health Records
Kaiser Permanente achieves 22% reduction in antibiotic use with EHR alerts
Becker's Hospital ReviewBrian Zimmerman
Digital alerts helped physicians at 126 Kaiser Permanente locations in Southern California reduce antibiotic prescriptions for sinusitis, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care. From September 2014 through April 2015, researchers conducted an analysis of 21,949 initial...
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Health Insurance, Taxation
Republicans Can’t Govern
SlateJamelle Bouie
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Republicans no longer know how to govern. That’s not to say they lack an agenda. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would have reshaped a vast swath of the American economy and transformed the social safety net, not just ending...
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