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2018 Outlook on Politics and Policy: Insurers will come out ahead

2018 Outlook on Politics and Policy: Insurers will come out ahead

Among the sharpest GOP battle cries in 2017 on Capitol Hill was "No bailouts for insurance companies." Yet the policy landscape is shaping up to do just that.

2018 Outlook: Who to watch in healthcare

By Harris Meyer  |  December 30, 2017
2018 Outlook: Who to watch in healthcare

Anthem's CEO Gail Boudreaux, Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Optum CEO Larry Renfro are among top healthcare leaders who are likely to have a large impact on the industry in 2018.



Providers

Care New England closes Rhode Island hospital ER

Care New England closes Rhode Island hospital ER

Care New England will shut down Memorial Hospital's emergency department on Monday. The hospital will still provide primary-care services to the area for now, but the health system has also asked the state to allow it to eliminate those services as well.

Finance

Highmark Health braces for divorce from UPMC

Highmark Health braces for divorce from UPMC

Highmark Health continues to reshape its organization as it gears up for a split with the UPMC health system in 2019. That includes a new partnership with Penn State Health as providers and insurers continue to closely align and scale up to maintain a competitive edge.

Technology

Drug prices rise as pharma profit soars

Drug prices rise as pharma profit soars

The amount of money people spend on prescription drugs has nearly doubled over the past three decades as pharmaceutical sales and profit margins have ballooned, according to a recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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