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  • U.S. health insurers eye higher Obamacare profit margins Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- Top U.S. health insurers say their businesses offering medical coverage under so-called Obamacare are turning into profitable ventures and that they are now aiming to be on par with other sought-after government health programs. This puts the business closer to a profit margin that many insurers earn on the government's Medicare Advantage...

  • Anthem, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans in 14 states, forecast 2015 adjusted earnings to be more than $9.70 per share and operating revenue of between $78 billion- $78.5 billion. It also operates Medicare and Medicaid plans. The company's net profit rose to $506.7 million, or $1.80 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $148.2 million,...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. About 20 percent of traditional Medicare payments, a sum worth $72 billion, currently go to...

  • US unveils Medicare changes   Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:41 PM ET
    US unveils Medicare changes

    The White House has proposed an alternative Medicare model. The proposal would phase out fee-for-service, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Feds to tie more Medicare payments to 'value' Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee Capitol Hill in Washington.

    The Obama administration said more Medicare payments will be linked to the value given patients, as opposed to a fee for services.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. About 20 percent of traditional Medicare payments currently go to providers with cost-saving...

  • GOVT UNVEILS PLAN TO TIE 50 PCT OF TRADITIONAL MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT MODELS BY 2018.

  • Between Nov. 15, when enrollment opened, and Dec. 12, nearly 2.5 million people signed up in the 36 states where these plans are sold through the HealthCare.gov website, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in an e-mailed statement that also appeared on its blog. Data from states that operate their own websites, such as California and New York, is not...

  • Politics trumped Medicare probe moves: Report Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:40 PM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    The head of Medicare reversed two decisions to halt payments to health providers after being contacted by elected officials, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • 'Kickback' flak: Sanofi's caseload grows bigger Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 4:37 PM ET
    A Sanofi lab worker packages vaccines against the flu.

    Drug giant Sanofi is juggling legal and regulatory issues surrounding three cases involving alleged payments or inducements to medical providers.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 3- U.S. healthcare spending last year increased 3.6 percent over 2012, the smallest rate of growth since 1960, government officials announced on Wednesday. Per capita growth slowed even more, from 3.4 percent in 2012 to 2.9 percent last year, found the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That modest increase likely reflects pressure that...

  • Lawsuit claims 'kickback' scheme at Sanofi Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 3:27 PM ET
    Ousted Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher

    A lawsuit accuses drug maker Sanofi and top executives, including its ousted CEO, of a million-dollar kickback scheme to promote diabetes drug sales.

  • Sicker seniors: US elder health lags other nations Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:03 PM ET
    elderly patient, senior citizen hospital, doctor senior

    Americans seniors are in worse health and under greater financial pressure from medical costs than counterparts in 10 other industrialized nations.

  • Medicare program's payment rate for hospital outpatient services will increase 2.3 percent in calendar year 2015, while the rate for ambulatory surgical services will rise 1.4 percent, the federal government announced on Friday. The Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will also begin to pay doctors a monthly fee to coordinate...

  • Oct 30- Cigna Corp. said on Thursday that financial losses from the new Obamacare health insurance eased in the third quarter, becoming the second insurer this week to say that business was improving. Cigna, Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have said since the beginning of the year that they were posting losses on the plans because their patients were older and sicker...

  • Medicare agency focus of insider trading probes Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    Department of Health and Human Services building, Washington.

    Federal authorities are investigating whether officials at the agency that runs Medicare leaked information that landed with Wall Street traders.

  • Oct 28- Aetna Inc, the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Tuesday that third-quarter profit rose as the benefits of its Coventry government healthcare acquisition offset higher medical costs in its commercial business. This is also the first full year of owning the Coventry business, which specializes in Medicare and Medicaid plans from the U.S....

  • You better shop around: Medicare's open enrollment Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:14 PM ET
    Medicine doctor blood pressure

    Most people don't examine their current Medicare plan—or even consider options. But enrollees need to do that every year, experts say.