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Kaiser Permanente set to open estimated $200 million medical office building in Mission Bay

Kaiser Permanente set to open estimated $200 million medical office building in Mission Bay

Kaiser Permanente plans to open its estimated $200 million, 220,000-square-foot Mission Bay medical office building March 8. The new nine-story complex at 1600 Owens St., near UC San Francisco’s $1.52 billion Mission Bay campus and hospital complex, will house offices for 106 physicians, and employ a total […]

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AmWINS acquires Mid-Atlantic third party administrator, GBS

AmWINS acquires Mid-Atlantic third party administrator, GBS

AmWINS Group has acquired Group Benefit Services (GBS), a large Maryland-based third party administrator of employee benefits serving the Mid-Atlantic. The acquisition included a GBS unit, GBS Payroll Plus. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. In addition to being a TPA, GBS is a general agent […]

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Kansas Hospital Association: Cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion $1B and counting

Kansas Hospital Association: Cost of rejecting Medicaid expansion $1B and counting

The Kansas Hospital Association says Kansas is missing out on more than $1 billion in federal funding by not expanding the state’s Medicaid program — administered under KanCare. KHA estimates Kansas topped that amount this past weekend, and the total continues to climb. The federal government has […]

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Group joins in call for universal long-term care insurance plans

Group joins in call for universal long-term care insurance plans

The long-term care costs for our aging population are growing so fast and can be so financially overwhelming for families that the United States needs a universal catastrophic insurance program similar to Medicare, a bipartisan policy group says. The Long Term Care Financing Collaborative, which includes former […]

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Why WellCare's stock is on the rise

Why WellCare's stock is on the rise

Investors are giving thumbs up to a proposed rate hike for WellCare Health Plans Inc. and other private insurers that provide Medicare coverage for seniors. The proposed plan by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would increase rates to private Medicare Advantage plans by 1.35 […]

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St. Clair Hospital unveils cost transparency tool

St. Clair Hospital unveils cost transparency tool

St. Clair Hospital unveiled a new cost transparency tool Monday morning that will make it easier for patients to determine what 105 common tests and procedures will cost. Available at the hospital’s website, stclair.org under the “Financial Tools” heading, the service takes a patient’s insurance information and […]

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UnitedHealthcare focuses on keeping its team engaged

UnitedHealthcare focuses on keeping its team engaged

A cornerstone of UnitedHealthcare’s employee wellness effort can be summed up in two words — empowerment and engagement. That strategy involves giving workers tools and incentives to help them be healthier. The company provides its people with personalized health scorecards, for example, to encourage healthy behavior and […]

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Where Alabama’s Medicaid overhaul goes from here

Where Alabama’s Medicaid overhaul goes from here

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved Alabama’s proposal for a massive overhaul of its Medicaid program – a change with huge implications for many of the biggest names in Birmingham health care. The federal approval legitimizes the state’s new program, which sets up five […]

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Why this CEO is concerned about a $15 minimum wage

Why this CEO is concerned about a $15 minimum wage

An increase in the minimum wage could mean small business owners are less able to afford health insurance for their employees, CDPHP CEO Dr. John Bennett said. CDPHP is one of Albany’s largest nonprofit health insurers. Bennett said the company won’t see a direct impact if the […]

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Health care briefs: what next for NMHIX and changes at Lovelace

Health care briefs: what next for NMHIX and changes at Lovelace

NMHIX on track to meet its original enrollee goal A goal set in 2013 by the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is close to being met. It was then that the organization set a goal of enrolling 80,000 people via the exchange — a far cry from […]

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