The nurse turned hospital executive turned chief federal healthcare regulator is leaving the government. Now the industry is left wondering: Who will take the reigns in the Obama Administration's pivotal fourth quarter?
A few months ago, North Carolina's largest insurer was hesitant to reveal hospital payments on a state-mandated consumer information website. Now, it's making a bigger leap with its own online transparency initiative.
In the fourth quarter of the Obama Administration, the nation's chief trade regulators are promising a healthy dose of scrutiny for the continuing waves of healthcare provider mergers and acquisitions.
To move beyond the marketing buzz of "population health" and, in some places, to avoid being usurped by provider-sponsored plans, insurers need to see provider contracting more as a partnership for a community's healthcare and wellness.