Mergers And Acquisitions

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Are Medicaid insurers poised for takeovers?

As insurers continually point to providers' bargaining power as a primary driver of growing healthcare costs, many may be working to boost their own market strength by buying up smaller companies. Health analysts believe that Medicaid insurers, including Centene, Health Net, Molina and WellCare, are particularly poised for a merger or acquisition from larger insurers like Aetna, Cigna, Humana or UnitedHealthcare, reported  Healthcare Payer News.

Is bigger better in healthcare?

I'm a fan of the mom-and-pop store. Even if it means paying a little more for the same product available at a big-box retailer, I would prefer shopping at a small, local store. That's because I tend to receive better customer service at the smaller shops where they personally value my business. And I would allege the same to be true in the healthcare industry.

How payers can eliminate consequences of provider consolidation

Although insurers and industry organizations often assert that provider consolidation leads to higher prices, some experts believe the impact is relatively neutral, reported  Insurance News Net.

States fight against provider consolidation

As providers continue to team up, insurers claim the growing rate of provider consolidation leads to high healthcare costs. Many states want to lessen the impact of provider consolidation by implementing laws and regulations that encourage price disclosure and ensure limits on healthcare prices, according to a new paper from the National Academy of Social Insurance and Catalyst for Payment Reform.

4 ways payers can offset provider consolidation

As doctors and hospitals continue to consolidate, insurers are seeing prices soar. To counteract the effects of provider consolidation, a new analysis from the Commonwealth Fund offers several steps insurers can take to reduce rising costs.

State approves $1B Highmark-West Penn deal

Highmark can forge ahead with its planned purchase of West Penn Allegheny Health System--which it intends to use as the foundation of a new integrated health network to compete against rival UPMC--thanks to approval from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

HCSC-Montana Blues merger to create jobs, reduce costs

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana and Health Care Services Corporation reached a new agreement to obtain a state recommendation for their proposed merger.

AHIP: Hospital prices drive up healthcare costs

A new study from America's Health Insurance Plans finds that hospital prices have been growing amid increased provider consolidation.

HCSC offers $23M more to buy Montana Blues

Health Care Service Corporation, which already agreed to buy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, now has upped its purchase price for the insurer by nearly $23 million.

AmeriHealth to buy embattled Medicaid plan

AmeriHealth Mercy wants to buy Medicaid provider Chartered Health Plan, paying $5 million for certain assets of the embattled Washington, D.C.-based health insurer.