Biography for Karen Cheung-Larivee

Karen Cheung-Larivee is Editor of FierceHealthcare and its related publications. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she served as an Associate Editor at HCPro, Inc., and contributor for HealthLeaders Media. Prior to that, she worked at, a division of USA Today, covering consumer electronic technology. Having trained with The Washington Post photo department, she also covered Capitol Hill for New England dailies as a newspaper photographer. She is also a Journalism & Women's Symposium 2011 fellow. She lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys cooking, concerts, and community service. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @FierceHealth on Twitter.

Articles by Karen Cheung-Larivee

DoJ clears WellPoint-Amerigroup merger deal

The Department of Justice cleared a $4.6 billion deal between WellPoint and Amerigroup, the Associated Press reported.

Payers get jump start on new products for reform

Even though reform provisions regarding health insurance exchanges won't go into full effect until 2014, Michigan plans already are pushing new options, Crain's Business Detroit reported.

How HCSC turned around bad publicity on Twitter

When Blue Cross Blue Shield saw its name next to the hashtags #mistake and #swindled on Twitter, the insurer acted fast to reach out the member who voiced his frustrations in what likely is the fastest, most public way possible--Twitter.

Blue Cross, Trinity Health sign ACO deal

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and health system Trinity Health-Michigan will form an accountable care organization before 2016 under a new contract in which the insurer will improve information

Molina plans for expansion; Fewer opting for employer health plans;

> High-deductible health plans are becoming the norm, with the number of people with these types of plans at 11.4 million in January 2011, up from 10 million in January 2010, Kaiser Health News

Insurers get on price transparency bandwagon

As healthcare costs continue to rise and fluctuate based on hospitals' location, price transparency efforts will continue to be important. That's what makes San Francisco-based health IT start-up

Aetna, Banner Health collaborate in accountable care

The accountable care organization (ACO) Banner Health Network and Aetna will launch an accountable care health plan, called Aetna Whole Health that will give members access to Banner Health's

Senior leadership should support ACOs, then take backseat

To be successful in developing and implementing accountable care organizations (ACO), senior leaders must buy into the collaborative care model, but they also should take a backseat and let others

Data sharing key in CIGNA collaborative accountable care

As the paradigm shifts from volume to value, accountable care organizations (ACO) will need to share data between providers and payers, according to experts at America's Health Insurance Plans'

Aetna, Humana, Kaiser, UnitedHealthcare team up to trend claims data

The heavy hitters of health insurers yesterday launched the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), in which Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealth Group will regularly supply information on