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HealthPartners merger creates payer-provider powerhouse

Payers and providers continue aligning to form mega health systems. For example, HealthPartners, the third largest insurer in Minnesota, is merging with health system Park Nicollet Health Services.

Health system merger means savings, strong credit ratings

HealthPartners and Park Nicollet have agreed to affiliate in a deal expected to cut costs for the two major Minneapolis-area providers, reported Minnesota Public Radio .

Payers, providers collaborate in triple-aim approach, P4P

Two health insurers--HealthPartners and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan--have focused their attention on collaborating with providers to improve health outcomes. One key to successful...

Nonprofit insurers repay $73M to state, feds under earnings cap

Minnesota's nonprofit health plans will pay a total of $73 million to the state and federal governments based on an agreement to institute a 1 percent cap on profits they earned through Medicaid.

Hospitals to see bigger push to cut chronic care costs

The changes ushered in by the Affordable Care Act will prompt many insurers to push hospitals and other providers to clamp down on the costs of providing chronic care, reported The New York Times.

New payment models could rein in healthcare costs

Finding new ways to manage ever-increasing healthcare costs is always a hot discussion point among health payers, and AHIP Institute attendees will not be disappointed as they find several sessions

New tool uses EHRs to customize diabetes care

Patients with diabetes who receive treatment at HealthPartners clinics soon may be able to use a new personalized tool--called the Diabetes Wizard--which may be one of the first applications to use

Health plans limit profits, paying excess to state

Minnesota's four largest health payers--Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica and UCare--have agreed to limit profit margins on taxpayer-funded health programs to 1 percent

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,

MN health system saves by integrating imaging into EMR

HealthPartners, a Bloomington, MN-based integrated delivery network and health plan, says it has saved $430,000 in the past year by integrating digital X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and radiology reports