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  • Humana Shares Fall as 2014 Medicare Rates Cloud Outlook Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 11:07 AM ET

    Humana said the government's proposed 2014 payment rates for Medicare participants were lower than expected and would affect its profit outlook, and its shares fell in premarket trading.

  • Slower Growth of Health Costs Eases US Deficit Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 8:33 AM ET

    A sharp and surprisingly persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs is helping to narrow the federal deficit, leaving budget experts trying to figure out whether the trend will last.

  • A new report shows non-network providers are charging insured patients outrageous out-of-network fees. Doctors fault insurers for reimbursing doctors at far lower rates than before.

  • Flu Season Fuels Debate Over Paid Sick Time Laws Sunday, 20 Jan 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    A man is given a flu shot by at the medical offices of Yaffe Ruden & Associates in New York.

    Flu season is drawing attention to mandatory paid sick leave for the 40 percent of American private-sector workers — more than 40 million people — who don't have it.

  • Biotech's a Buy, but Hold Off on HMOs: Fund Manager Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 2:02 PM ET
    'Rare Good News' on Health Care Retirement Savings: Study

    Rock bottom interest rates will likely boost key stocks in the biotechnology sector, but Obamacare will dampen prospects for HMO shares.

  • DaVita May Profit From Obamacare Boost: Pro Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 4:43 PM ET
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    DaVita could be a beneficiary among health care stocks from changes in the U.S. health care market, an analyst said Wednesday.

  • Some small businesses are rethinking their business models to address the new federal health-care law.

  • Closing Drug 'Doughnut Hole' Saves $687 Million in 2012 Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 2:39 PM ET
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    A provision of the Affordable Care Act squeezes premiums that drugmakers collect from the government has yielded savings of $687 million in the first six months of 2012.

  • For Hospitals and Insurers, New Fervor to Cut Costs Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 11:34 AM ET
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    Insurers, hospitals and doctors say they are forming partnerships and creating programs to find ways to slow the growth in the nation’s $2.7 trillion health care bill. The New York Times reports.

  • In Hopeful Sign, Health Spending Is Flattening Out Sunday, 29 Apr 2012 | 10:39 AM ET
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    The growth of health spending has slowed substantially in the last few years, surprising experts and offering some fuel for optimism about the federal government’s long-term fiscal health. The New York Times reports.

  • Recession-Proof Industries Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

  • Expecting Aetna and UnitedHealth to beat Wall Street estimates as health insurers kick off fourth-quarter earnings, senior analyst Peter Costa of Wells Fargo says these companies will continue their winning streak in 2012, due to rising costs, lower unemployment and even health-care reform.

  • Onyx Pharma CEO's 2012 Plan   Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 12:26 PM ET
    Onyx Pharma CEO's 2012 Plan

    Dr. Tony Coles, president & CEO of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, discusses his outlook on pharma in the new year. Biotech stocks were up 7% in 2011. "The emerging markets should be great for us," he adds.

  • Innovation is Alive and Well in Health Care Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 3:12 PM ET
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    While some believe government intervention in health-care reform is the only way forward, there are already health-care organizations around the country that can deliver better quality care at a lower cost.

  • CEO Blog: Changing How We Pay for Healthcare Thursday, 27 Oct 2011 | 11:40 AM ET
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    Is legislated healthcare reform here to stay? As we watch the presidential race heat up – and look to a Supreme Court ruling this summer — no one knows for sure. Regardless, we as a nation need to realize that traditional thinking around healthcare is forever changed.

  • Traditionally, managed-care stocks have performed better in the fourth quarter as investors get pricing visibility for the coming year, one portfolio manager said.

  • What Stocks Are at Risk as Budget Cuts Loom? Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 1:04 PM ET
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    JPMorgan says education services, electronic equipment and instruments, as well as aerospace and defense could be the hardest-hit sectors, as the bipartisan congressional “supercommittee” looks for targets to cut the federal budget.

  • CNBC Poll: Fixing Long Wait Times for Doctor Visits Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 10:50 AM ET

    While some people are frustrated about the long wait times for doctors appointments, some believe doctors are doing their jobs.

  • What $1 Million Buys You Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 6:30 PM ET
    Who hasn’t spent at least a few daydreaming moments fantasizing about spending money? Not just a few hundred bucks either, but huge, irresponsible sums of money, all on completely unnecessary luxury items? Most of us probably have, but sadly, reality tends to intervene. Just as we’re settling into a meditation about a chartered plane jetting us off to Aruba, the memory of that unpaid and overdue $250 phone bill intrudes and throws cold water on the fantasy.If one were to make a completely uneduc

    $1 million isn’t what it used to be, in part because a lot of people don’t know how far it can go, and the amount of time and effort that it would take to spend it.

  • Medicare Plan for Payments Irks Hospitals Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 11:05 AM ET

    For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive. The New York Times reports.