Staring down the sometimes troubled and opaque past of medical devices, and upward trend in spending, one national insurer is trying to build momentum for a universal way to compare and track outcomes.
With two-thirds of Massachusetts healthcare still paid via fee-for-service, the state's largest insurer wants to ply its HMO-grown variety of accountable care in PPOs. It's sure to challenge providers.
The retiring leader of Louisiana's largest insurer leaves a legacy of growth and action on issues like obesity. But the next CEO will face the legacy uninsurance problem and a population beset with chronic disease.
The U.S. Department of Defense can look like a benefits company "that occasionally kills a terrorist." The agency has to overhaul its healthcare contracting, especially TRICARE, according to advocates.
Medical homes are a simple, compelling idea: Give primary-care doctors resources to reduce preventable medical crises, to reduce hospital visits, improve lives and save money. But it's not so easy in practice.