April 22, 2014 |
Sue Schick, 52, president of UnitedHealthcare Pennsylvania and Delaware, claims she was mortified last month when, in the process of honoring her with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's Paradigm Award, the master of ceremonies read entries from her seventh-grade yearbook. She shouldn't have been. The yearbook showed early evidence of the leadership abilities that prompted the chamber to name her 2014's top female business executive. "In the Girl Scout cookie sales, we didn't think we could surpass the previous year," Schick recalled.
February 20, 2014 |
After a year's absence, the Kennedy Health System in South Jersey has rejoined the Aetna insurance network under a two-year contract, Kennedy officials said Tuesday. Kennedy terminated its previous Aetna contract in February 2013 because it was losing too much money under Aetna's payment terms, said Gary Terrinoni, Kennedy's chief financial officer. "It was difficult for us to make that decision, because we were concerned about the disruption to our community and to our patients and doctors," Terrinoni said.
October 3, 2013 |
Aetna Inc.'s rates for Southeastern Pennsylvania on the new federal health-insurance exchange - which stumbled into life Tuesday, tripped up by a too-high volume of potential customers in the early going - are higher across the board than those offered by Independence Blue Cross. Experts cautioned that consumers must assess the details when comparing health-insurance plans and that the size of the hospital and physician network, the level of co-pays for a doctor's visit, and other factors can have a significant impact on monthly premiums.
September 18, 2013 |
Aetna Inc. has withdrawn from the insurance exchange marketplace in New Jersey that was set up under the Affordable Care Act, leaving just three participating insurers for the exchange, which opens for enrollment Oct. 1. In a statement last week, the company said the decision was part of its "ongoing review of Aetna's overall company strategy, including the impact of the Coventry [Health Care Inc.] acquisition which closed in May, after the original exchange filings were submitted for both companies.
September 6, 2013
TOM SPANN, 54, of Plymouth Meeting, is CEO of Accolade, a Plymouth Meeting company whose professional health assistants help employees at large companies make informed decisions about health care. Spann, a former partner at management-consulting firm Accenture, co-founded Accolade in 2007. It has since grown to $32 million in annual revenues and almost 500 employees, including nurses, pharmacists and doctors. Q: What's the genesis of Accolade? A: I had some experience working with health-care startups at Accenture.
August 18, 2013 |
With new federal rules and mandates, you'd think that health insurers would be beating the loudest drum in the repeal-the-Affordable Care Act band. But they're not, and there are a couple of reasons why. The first is pretty obvious. Millions of uninsured people will be flooding the online exchanges when they open nationwide on Oct. 1, presenting companies with a tremendous opportunity to build their roles and revenues. But that may not be the only reason. Even insured workers may soon be allowed to pick plans over online marketplaces, upending the traditional model of employers knowing best.
July 18, 2013 |
Three major Philadelphia-area health systems announced a partnership Tuesday to jointly manage the health benefits and care for their tens of thousands of employees. Einstein Healthcare Network, Abington Health and Aria Health unveiled the development of a jointly-run company that will manage insurance and care for their combined 30,000 employees and family members. The three systems combined currently pay premium revenues of about $100 million annually, though how much each system will invest into the partnership has yet to be determined.
March 10, 2013 |
Daniel F. McGill Sr., 81, of Rhawnhurst, a retired insurance marketing executive with a sense of humor, died Monday, March 4, of cancer at a relative's home in Horsham Township. For 40 years, Mr. McGill worked for Aetna Inc. in Center City. He led the marketing of the firm's products to independent insurance brokerages in the Philadelphia area and South Jersey. Born in Rhawnhurst, he lived there for most of his life before moving in with a daughter last October when his health failed.
February 18, 2013 |
When patients insured by Independence Blue Cross are discharged from the hospital, discharge reports are added to medical records at their primary doctors' offices less than 50 percent of the time. It's a common example of the gaps in information-sharing among hospitals, doctors, and others in the health-care system. "A physician caring for a patient is sometimes not aware of all of the care that's been provided, not aware of all the medications the patient is taking, or aware of the lab tests that have been done, or of the results of those tests," said Richard Snyder, chief medical officer at Independence Blue Cross.