Healthcare reporter for Bloomberg News

Mammograms Would Stay Free for Younger Women in Proposed Bill

bloomberg.com — Two U.S. representatives are pushing back against a recommendation from an expert panel that could limit free breast-cancer screenings for younger women. Renee Ellmers, a North Carolina Republican, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, submitted a bill Wednesday to put a two-year moratorium on a proposal from the U.S.

Health Spending to Gobble Up More of U.S. Economy in Next Decade

bloomberg.com — Spending on health care will take up an increasing proportion of the U.S. economy over the next decade as the population ages and more people gain insurance coverage under Obamacare, a government report said.

Cigna Negotiates Anthem Deal With More Risk in Hope of Reward

bloomberg.com — Cigna Corp. negotiated a deal to be acquired by rival health insurer Anthem Inc. that puts more risk on the shoulders of its shareholders, betting that its chief executive officer will make the gamble pay off over time. In the deal announced Friday, Cigna investors are getting less cash than the acquirer had previously proposed, receiving more Anthem stock instead.

Anthem Strikes Deal to Buy Cigna for More Than $48 Billion

bloomberg.com — Anthem Inc. struck a deal to buy rival Cigna Corp. for more than $48 billion, wrapping up almost a year of contentious negotiations and potentially creating the largest health insurer in the U.S. Anthem said in a statement that it will pay $188 a share in cash and stock for Cigna, confirming reports Wednesday that the companies were near an agreement.
Jul 24, 2015

Thanks Obamacare. RT @TheStalwart Anthem Strikes Deal to Buy Cigna for More Than $48 Billion bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 24, 2015

Yet another US insurance merger, as $ANTM buys Cigna for $48B to create healthcare giant bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @ZTracer @RSachetta

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UnitedHealth’s OptumRx Seeks Refunds When Expensive Drugs Fail

bloomberg.com — As UnitedHealth Group Inc. bulks up, it's negotiating tougher terms with drugmakers to rein in costs, pushing for refunds when medications don't work for patients. UnitedHealth's pharmacy-benefits business, OptumRx, completed its acquisition of rival Catamaran Corp. Thursday, giving it increased scale in talks with pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Jul 23, 2015

RT @CarolineYLChen: UnitedHealth's OptumRx has a pay for performance deal with $GILD for its hep C drugs, @ZTracer reports: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 23, 2015

UnitedHealth's OptumRx has a pay for performance deal with $GILD for its hep C drugs, @ZTracer reports: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @CarolineYLChen: UnitedHealth's OptumRx has a pay for performance deal with $GILD for its hep C drugs, @ZTracer reports: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 24, 2015

UnitedHealth seeks refunds from pharma companies if expensive drugs don't work. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Jul 24, 2015

Insurers want refunds when pricey drugs don't work. Good story by @ZTracer buff.ly/1em7RD1

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UnitedHealth Raises Forecast as Services Unit Boosts Profit

bloomberg.com — UnitedHealth Group Inc., the biggest U.S. health insurer, raised its full-year forecast after saying that profit gained in the second quarter, helped by its booming Optum technology and services unit. Second-quarter net income climbed to $1.59 billion, or $1.64 a share, from $1.41 billion, or $1.42 a share, a year earlier, UnitedHealth said Thursday in a statement.

U.S. Defines Businesses That Don’t Have to Cover Birth Control

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Obama Nominates Andy Slavitt to Run Medicare, Medicaid Agency

bloomberg.com — President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Slavitt is already the acting administrator of CMS. He joined the government in 2014, after working as an executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s Optum unit, which helped fix the main Obamacare website, healthcare.gov.

Medicare’s $7 Billion Joint-Surgery Bill Is Targeted for Savings

bloomberg.com — The U.S. Medicare program will test an overhaul of how it pays for hundreds of thousands of hip and knee replacements, which cost about $7 billion a year. The five-year program will track how patients fare after surgical replacements of major lower joints and pay hospitals based in part on the quality of those outcomes, assessing financial bonuses and penalties.

End-of-Life Planning Would Be Covered Under Medicare Proposal

bloomberg.com — Medicare may begin paying doctors to discuss end-of-life care with U.S. patients, under rules proposed Wednesday by the Obama administration. Doctors who see patients in Medicare, the insurance program for the elderly, would be reimbursed for having the complex and sensitive conversations needed to plan for the end of life.
Jul 09, 2015

Those "death panels" that are actually responsible end-of-life planning are greeted with the snooze they deserve: bloom.bg/1J569y8

Jul 09, 2015

RT @ArmstrongDrew: Those "death panels" that are actually responsible end-of-life planning are greeted with the snooze they deserve: bloom.bg/1J569y8

Jul 09, 2015

"Mischaracterized" is a generous way to put it. Our story on end-of-life counseling, by @ZTracer bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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Jul 29, 2015

picked up lunch at Whole Foods but they still missed earns

Jul 29, 2015

RT @annaedney: Want to know which stores are pulling cilantro after contamination concerns. @spettypi and @PattonLes have the scoop bloom.bg/1LRyMnk

Jul 29, 2015

RT @aschwattie: When doctors have babies, they are 10% less likely to have a C-section. CC: @katybkoz @neel_shah aeaweb.org/aej-policy/acc…

Jul 29, 2015

this is terrifying and it doesn't even include the JPM hack nytimes.com/interactive/20… (or today's potential United Airlines breach)

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