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April 16, 2015 | Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News

In an effort to make comparing hospitals more like shopping for refrigerators and restaurants, the federal government has awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on patients' appraisals.


April 10, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Despite some lulls, the war between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark is again raging, now with a battle over Medicare Advantage plans and oncology reimbursement.


April 9, 2015 | Anthony Brino

The Blue Cross Blue Shield brand may bring the idea of a consistent kind of health insurance, as the winner of one "health plan brand of the year" poll. But in Medicare Advantage satisfaction ratings, that is not the case.


April 7, 2015 | Anthony Brino

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.


March 26, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Cigna is looking for business in younger, yet-to-retire baby boomers in California, anticipating the benefits of streamlining the path from group health plan to Medicare Advantage.


March 9, 2015 | Anthony Brino

An increasingly popular strategy in drug plan affordability is again coming under scrutiny from Medicare regulators concerned that some urban seniors are being left out.


March 3, 2015 | Anthony Brino

One of the largest Blue Cross insurers in the American South has taken its first loss in 15 years, showing the challenges of the two main growth areas, ACA plans and Medicare Advantage.


February 23, 2015 | Sarah Varney

In the farming town of Exeter, deep in California's Central Valley, Anne Roberson walks a quarter mile each day to her mailbox. Her walk and housekeeping chores are the 68-year-old's only exercise, and her weight has remained stubbornly over 200 pounds for some time.


February 20, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Medicare Advantage reimbursement and regulatory changes are coming, along with new probes into risk adjustment practices that could lead to settlements and clawbacks.


February 6, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Despite some membership losses, the country's fourth largest Blue Cross insurer is boasting fairly strong customer retention as a sign of viability for its integrated network strategy.


February 4, 2015 | Anthony Brino

With the surging costs of specialty drugs, what was once unthinkable in American healthcare is starting to look like a viable idea that the President is pushing.


February 3, 2015 | Anthony Brino

Aetna is positioning itself to ride out the early storms of health reform and end up plying the new waters sustainably.


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