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Walmart-Humana is the health care deal to watch

Some have snickered at the proposed pairing of Walmart and Humana.  It shouldn't be a laughing matter when you consider the detail:  Seniors are already one of Walmart's core demographics; there are over 5.3 million people with a Humana drug plan; Walmart...

Amazon Isn’t the Only Retail Giant Trying to Remake Health Care

Can mammoth, cutting edge companies like Amazon, Walmart, Blackstone and Berkshire solve one of our countries trickiest issues - rising health care costs?  These companies spend millions on health care annually, and are all astute at cost containment and...

Will this hospital partnership bend Rx cost curve?

With an aim at combating the sharply rising prices of off-patent drugs, 300 of the nation’s largest hospital systems are banding together in an effort to better control the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.  This may be an uphill battle, as some...

44% Of Americans Skip Doctor Visits Due To Cost

A new poll shows that the high cost of health care causes many to put off seeking care.  This is the exact opposite of what we need in a healthcare system and goes against the Franklin axiom of Pennywise, pound fooling.  Small items become catastrophic...

Health insurance help for small business in a big-company tool

Aetna Level Funded plans present savings opportunities for the little guy.  Small employers are annually knocked around by each year's health care renewal, which many times brings with it a double digit increase.  There seems to be little recourse, as they...

Cigna Agrees to Buy Express Scripts for More Than $50 Billion

Cigna Corp. is working on a deal to purchase Express Scripts for $50 billion.  This would be in alignment with the CVS/Aetna deal and various United Health Care acquisitions that have occurred in the past several months.  The question remains as to the...

Why Do We Need ACOs and Insurance Companies?

The buzz of the ACO's (accountable care organizations), has been building over time and in full froth at the moment.  The question is, with almost 1,000 in the market place, are they having any impact?  The latest reports from CMS on its Medicare ACO...

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