Dina Overland

Biography for Dina Overland

Dina Overland is the editor of FierceHealthPayer. Prior to working with FierceMarkets, Dina wrote monthly newsletters on HIPAA and medical privacy issues, nursing home regulations, and food labeling laws. She also blogged for Prevention magazine. Based in the New Orleans area, Dina is a freelance writer, blogger, and indexer. She has a passion for maintaining a healthful, balanced lifestyle that incorporates many alternative and holistic medicines. Dina can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @HealthPayer on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Dina Overland

Highmark fights chronic conditions

Highmark and Network Health are the latest insurers to launch new preventive care programs aimed at helping members with chronic conditions. Starting mid-October, Pittsburgh, Penn.-based Highmark

Harvard Pilgrim drops its Medicare Advantage plan

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts' second largest health insurer, is dropping its Medicare Advantage health insurance program at the end of the year. The decision affects 22,000 senior

Guest Commentary: Are physician rating systems fair?

Health plans increasingly are introducing physician rating systems to help customers select their doctors--and, in turn, defray rising costs--but it remains unclear whether they actually provide any

Berwick wants health plans to help lower costs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick is asking insurers to help contribute to a health system with lower costs without withholding patient care. Berwick said he

Premiums, policies increased 7 percent from 2008 to 2009

Insurance companies took in 7 percent more revenue from premiums from individual, group and other policies in 2009 than in the previous year, even as the number of people with coverage fell, the

Humana aims to manage members' chronic disease

Humana (NYSE: HUM) is rolling out a new complex care management division aimed at improving the quality of life for its members with chronic disease. Humana Cares Chronic Condition Management will

Cost of health insurance claims to increase 10 percent

The cost of health insurance claims is expected to rise within the next 12 months, but insurers are getting tougher when negotiating prices with hospitals. Healthcare cost trend increases for plans

Medicare fraud prevention bill introduced in House

Recently introduced legislation in the House would prevent corporate executives from doing business with Medicare if their companies were convicted of fraud - even if the conviction occurs after

Consumer-driven health plan enrollment grows slower than in past

Consumer-driven health plans continue to grow--although enrollment is slower than in previous years. CDHPs grew at a rate of 18.1 percent this past year (about half that of 2009) but no longer cover

Repealing some PPACA provisions would cost $455 billion

Repealing major components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would cost $455 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office says. Some PPACA provisions generated savings for