- Insurers such as United Healthcare (UNH) and Cigna (CI) are buying huge piles of fee-per-patient business, as Bloomberg reports, in high-risk populations such as the elderly. They are making investors happy this way, according to Trefis at Seeking Alpha. This should lead to the fee-per-patient business model entering the mainstream.
- The next step is for insurers to buy providers, connecting their income to the expenses of care, creating an incentive to save money rather than spend it. Wellpoint (WLP) recently prepared for this by hiring a hospital director as its new CEO, as ModernHealthCare reported.
- By combining their own health record groups, General Electric (GE)and Microsoft (MSFT) are now going to market with a system called Caradigm that delivers more advanced workloads, and is approaching the ability to use big data stores for decision support, according to EMRANDHIPAA.com.
- As I wrote a few weeks ago, CVS Caremark (CVS) and Walgreens (WAG) are continuing to transform their pharmacy networks into small clinics, staffed by nurses and physician assistants, delivering basic care at lower cost than general practitioners can in offices.
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