Healthcare reporter for Bloomberg News

Anthem Replaces California Lawn Amid Drought, Thanks to Subsidy

bloomberg.com — Anthem Inc. replaced 12.7 acres of lawn -- about 10 football fields -- at its Woodland Hills, California, campus, taking advantage of a government subsidy to install drought-friendly plants as the region copes with a severe dry spell. Using funds from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the second-biggest U.S.

Mammogram Recommendation Threatens to Reignite Screening Battle

Ex-Medicare Chief Tavenner Joins LifePoint Hospitals Board

bloomberg.com — Marilyn Tavenner, who resigned as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year, is returning to the hospital industry. Tavenner is joining the board of LifePoint Hospitals Inc., which operates more than 60 hospitals in 21 states.

UnitedHealth Boosts Forecast as Quarterly Profit Beats Estimates

bloomberg.com — UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, raised its 2015 forecast after posting first-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates as it added customers and its Optum technology unit boosted revenue. Earnings, excluding certain items, will be $6.15 to $6.30 a share, the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurer said Thursday in a statement.

MetLife’s $2 Billion Deal Highlights Wheeler as CEO Candidate

bloomberg.com — Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, is expanding the portfolio of Americas head William Wheeler with a $2 billion deal, highlighting the potential he may be the next chief executive officer. MetLife's agreement to buy AFP Provida SA from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, announced Feb.

Iowa’s Friendlier Watchdogs Lead Insurer Pack to Des Moines

bloomberg.com — March 28 (Bloomberg) -- After Symetra Financial Corp. was formed in 2004, the life insurer set up shop in a 25-story glass tower outside Seattle, put its name on the building and pushed the state to adopt more favorable rules for its business.

Mounting Health Costs Lead to Growth Spurt for Private Exchanges

bloomberg.com — To limit the rising cost of health care, U.S. companies are increasingly turning to private insurance exchanges that let employees shop for plans, according to research from Accenture Plc. About 6 million people got health insurance coverage via such online portals this year, up from 3 million in 2014, the consulting firm said Tuesday.

United, Humana Get Surprise Pay Boost From U.S. for Medicare

bloomberg.com — Insurers such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. will see their pay for commercial Medicare policies increased 1.25 percent next year, reversing an earlier U.S. government proposal that called for a reduction. The announcement compares with a base reduction of 0.9 percent proposed in February.

Fight Over High-Cost Drugs to Intensify After Catamaran Deal

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s deal for Catamaran Corp. is going to build a bigger pharmacy benefit manager. It will also put even more pressure on drugmakers' high prices for breakthrough medicines. Once UnitedHealth's $12.8 billion acquisition closes, 75 percent of prescriptions filled in the U.S.

Aetna to Cut Co-Payments for Most AIDS Drugs After Complaint

bloomberg.com — (Bloomberg) -- Aetna Inc. has agreed to reduce out-of-pocket co-payments for most HIV and AIDS medicines to between $5 and $100 after deductibles, according to the AIDS Institute. Aetna now places almost all HIV drugs in its highest tier and charges U.S.
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Apr 27, 2015

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Apr 27, 2015

RT @SFNick: Is there really more listeria in ice cream...or are we just getting better at tracking it? bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Apr 27, 2015

Turns out that leaving your keys in your car makes it easier to steal bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @DoniBloomfield

Apr 25, 2015

Fun stuff. Health insurance, Tara Reid, some fraud allegations latimes.com/business/la-fi… via @chadterhune

Apr 24, 2015

RT @jtozz: Watch the price of MS drugs go up and up and up and up and never go down: buff.ly/1yYfskN pic.twitter.com/tkqBcRfATB

Apr 24, 2015

Why does the price for old drugs go up and up (not down and down)? bloomberg.com/news/articles/… via @jtozz

Apr 24, 2015

@KTLincoln insulated coffee vase is clearly what's needed here

Apr 24, 2015

And it gets even more fun if you compare to target-date funds right twitter.com/WSJpersfinance…

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