UnitedHealth’s Optum division will absorb the DaVita Medical Group operations, which include primary care, specialty medicine, urgent care and surgery.   Optum already has affiliations with about 30,000 doctors and hundreds of medical care operations. “The physicians and clinicians of DaVita Medical Group provide outstanding patient care, and we look forward to supporting their continued success… Read More

Express Scripts Holding Co.’s chief executive said he’s open to a deal with a health insurer or partnering with Amazon.com Inc. CEO Tim Wentworth’s pharmacy benefits company has been battered by departing clients and the vague specter of Amazon’s entry into the drug business. If a major insurer was interested in a deal, “I would… Read More

Small businesses that fail to provide workers with a solid employee handbook risk exposure to potentially crippling compliance and litigation costs, but a good broker can turn this employer threat into an opportunity. While U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data varies, it is estimated that only about one in four small businesses have an updated… Read More

Today’s workforce is very different than it was 10 or even five years ago. What employees are looking for in terms of benefits continues to evolve as their needs and expectations change. Making sure your organization’s benefit offerings are able to meet these changing needs and expectations can have a significant positive impact on your… Read More

The concept of design is matching people’s needs with what’s technologically feasible — and redesigning health plans is no different for employers looking to shake things up. Creating a culture of health, rather than looking at plans as a way to curb costs, should be a priority for benefits executives when they redesign benefits programs,… Read More

As the close of 2017 approaches, now is an ideal time for small-group brokers and benefit advisers to reach out to clients and ask this very important question: Were there any network disruptions or problems they or their employees encountered with their health plan coverage this year? If the answer is no, that’s great. But… Read More

The high cost of healthcare and consequential evolution of insurance plans with high deductibles have created an improved market for voluntary products. Employers are eager to provide a more comprehensive and competitive benefits package that fills the gaps created by the risk-sharing approach of high-deductible programs. Additionally, commissions generated by voluntary can be used to… Read More

(Bloomberg) – Amazon.com Inc. is casting a long shadow over the healthcare industry. The prospect of the giant Internet retailer entering the business is beginning to cause far-reaching reverberations for a range of companies, roiling the shares of drugstore chains, drug distributors and pharmacy-benefit managers, and potentially precipitating one of the biggest corporate merger deals… Read More

Sources say CVS Health has proposed to buy Aetna for more than $200 a share, or $66 billion Pedestrians walk past a CVS store in Chicago. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER DILTS/BLOOMBERG NEWS   CVS Health Corp. is in talks to buy Aetna Inc. for more than $66 billion as the drugstore giant scrambles to fortify itself against… Read More

When it comes to learning about life insurance, most Americans are self-educated or gain knowledge through referrals, according to a series of new studies from Lincoln Financial Group. Only 9% receive information from a financial planner and 13% through an employer, whereas 31% do their own research and 22% consult with family members. The research… Read More