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GOP lawmakers gear up to fight Cadillac tax

As employers and insurers brace for the effects of the controversial Cadillac tax, Republican lawmakers are preparing to fight the provision once Congress is back in session.

Survey: Specialty drug costs could rise 23% next year

Pharmacy costs will likely continue to increase next year, with specialty drugs driving much of that cost growth, according to a new survey from Aon Hewitt.

Affordable Care Act could take hit from new accounting rules

​The next major threat to the Affordable Care Act could come from an unlikely, and seemingly benign, source: New accounting recommendations for state and municipal employee pensions.

How Maine Community Health Options keeps premiums affordable

While some insurers around the country have proposed drastic rate hikes, Maine Community Health Options, the state's consumer operated and oriented plan that serves Maine as well as New Hampshire residents, has been able to keep prices in check.

AHIP: How insurers can improve price transparency tools

Insurers have launched more price transparency initiatives to empower their members to become more engaged in and make more informed choices about their healthcare, according to a new issue brief from America's Health Insurance Plans.

How the Cadillac tax will impact the entire industry

With the Cadillac tax slated to take effect in 2018, employers continue to evaluate their current health benefits and consider  cost-reduction strategies to avoid triggering the tax.

3 reasons practice embezzlement persists

Many physician practices leaders believe their trusted employees would never steal from them, but statistics show that embezzlement is far more common than most doctors realize. 

Is your disability insurance specific enough?

To protect their income in the event of an injury or illness, it isn't enough for physicians to simply carry disability insurance. Before purchasing a policy, doctors must read the fine print to ensure the insurance will truly fill its purpose, according to an article from  Physicians News Digest.

Filing reveals how the Centene-Health Net merger deal transpired

Centene Corp's proposed acquisition of Health Net came after the latter health insurer's board had discussed the possibility of a merger as far back as 2013, a recent Securities & Exchange Commission filing reveals.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois grows expansive ACO business

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois has added three more accountable care organizations this month, bringing the total number of payer-provider partnerships to five for an insurer that already participates in the largest commercial ACO in the country.