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Health reform: Steps health insurers can take now

A common refrain heard at last week's conference held by America's Health Insurance Plans was, "What about the details?" says Jordan Battani, principal in Emerging Practices in the Healthcare Group

Major for-profit insurers still unclear on PPACA fallout, but see opportunities

Executives at major for-profit health insurers disagree on how they expect employers to react to the implementation of health insurance exchanges under health reform, but they all see opportunities

Employers must take ownership of employee wellness motivation

Health insurers are busily brewing up new and better health plans with a strong wellness and disease prevention components to tempt employers that provide health insurance, but those plans could be

Launching new products under health reform: What it will take

In a new analysis, Health Reform: Prospering in a Post-Reform World, the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York provides guidance to providers and payers alike regarding steps they

Data breaches: Another opportunity for bad publicity

Hospitals and other healthcare providers have been under the microscope this year due to security breaches involving patient data. However, slowly but surely, data breaches at health insurers are

Commercial business declines, demand to surge: How will healthcare survive?

Health insurers saw a distinct shift in their business lines in 2009. Commercial coverage fell by an average of 1.5 million people, while managed Medicaid enrollment grew by 1.8 million people,

Online marketing heats up, but some insurers go old school

Health insurers are increasingly turning to online marketing opportunities, including social media, to attract new members--and retain existing members by improving member satisfaction. On the other

Insurers ride new wave of wellness-based plans

Controlling costs has become the top health and welfare benefits objective of most employers, according to the eighth annual Employee Benefits Trends Study from New York City-based MetLife. However,

Bad press turns reasonable medical denials into question marks

Late last week, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) announced that the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was expanding an ongoing investigation into whether insurers in

Insurers could play a key role in ensuring patient safety

Patient safety is a concept that has a high "buzz" value, but healthcare providers sometimes falter turning the ideal into an on-the-ground reality. Practically all of the 200-plus hospital