Despite facing concerns about conflicts of interest, former UnitedHealth Group executive Andy Slavitt wants to blend the best of the private and public sectors in a bid to optimize the $1 trillion-plus health plans covering 140 million Americans.
A sustainable Medicare payment for home-based medicine is on the horizon, and some insurers are already major backers of the service. But health plans could be doing more, especially in Medicare Advantage.
For the third year, regulators have revamped reimbursement reductions into an average increase for Medicare plans serving America's growing senior populations, though not without requiring more work and oversight.
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.