Optum to Acquire Alere Health in $600 Million Deal

October 29, 2014 - In a $600 million cash transaction, Optum, the IT and business services unit of UnitedHealth Group, is buying health management vendor Alere Health, which provides services to more than 200 regional and local health plans, 89 Fortune 500 employers and 29 states, covering about 22 million people in the U.S.

Nationwide Database, Map Provide ACA Plan Costs

October 29, 2014 - The Commonwealth Fund and policy research organization NORC at the University of Chicago are collaborating on a nationwide database and interactive map highlighting costs and year-to-year price changes in health insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.

Consumers Willing to Share Wearable Data for Break on Insurance Rate

ACO Accreditation Program Looking for Stakeholder Comment

Kaiser Group Launches 'Medical Selfies'

Leveraging Three Tiers of Health Data

Are You Ready for New HIPAA Audits?

Cigna Launches Engagement Platform for 14 Million Consumers

AHRQ: Top 1% of Patients Account for 22% of Costs

Access to Care Not Enough for Those with Low Education Levels

Feature Articles

A New Path For Health Care

May 1, 2011 - Nothing is easy in health care communications, but a federal initiative could spur a makeover in data exchange.

My Two Cents

The Medical-Loss Ratio Conundrum

April 20, 2011 - Since I wrote my last blog regarding the confusion that I have with the whole medical-loss ratio mandate, I have been inundated with e-mails and phone calls.

Case Study

Getting Ready for Accountable Care Organizations

April 1, 2011 - Providers are gearing up for new ways to deliver and pay for care while still waiting for details.

Special Report

Overcoming ICD-10 Hurdles

May 1, 2011 - Providers and payers are getting serious about ICD-10, and experienced hands offer some practical advice for taking on the new code set.

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