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Bruce Japsen


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Past articles by Bruce:

Michael Niedorff, Longtime CEO Of Health Insurer Centene, Dies At 79

Michael Neidorff, the longtime chief executive officer of Centene has died, the company confirmed Thursday. He was 79. → Read More

Alignment Healthcare Posts Loss Despite Medicare Advantage Growth

Alignment Healthcare, a provider of Medicare Advantage, reported a $47 million loss in its most recent quarter even as health plan membership took off. → Read More

Biden’s Mental Health Strategy Fits Insurers’ ‘Whole Person’ Wheelhouse

President Joe Biden’s proposal to invest more in mental health should compliment an effort by health insurers to integrate behavioral care with medical treatment. → Read More

Global Health Pioneer Paul Farmer Dies

Global health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer died unexpectedly Monday in Rwanda. → Read More

Centene Reports $599 Million Profit On Medicaid And Medicare Growth

Centene reported $600 million in fourth quarter profit as membership grew by more than 1 million thanks to a big increase in enrollment in its Medicaid plans. → Read More

Cigna Reports $1 Billion Profit On Strong Evernorth Pharmacy Performance

Cigna reported $1.1 billion net income for the fourth quarter of last year aided by the company’s Evernorth health services business which manages pharmacy benefits. → Read More

Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Most Employers Implemented Covid Vaccine Mandates

A new Mercer poll shows 44% of employers “currently have a vaccine mandate in place for employees working onsite and 6% are planning to implement one, with another 9% still considering it.” → Read More

Humana To Invest $1 Billion In Medicare Advantage Business After Enrollment Comes Up Short

Humana said it will invest $1 billion in its Medicare Advantage business following a disclosure the health insurer would add fewer seniors to such plans than expected for 2022. → Read More

Obamacare Enrollment Hits Record 14.5 Million, Including 5.8 Million Newly Insured

A record 14.5 million Americans have purchased individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare for this year. → Read More

Abbott Labs: We’ve Shipped 1.4 Billion Covid Tests Since Pandemic’s Beginning

Abbott Laboratories has shipped more than 1.4 billion Covid-19 tests since the start of the pandemic. → Read More

Humana To Expand Welsh Carson-Backed Primary Care Senior Clinics To 12 States

Humana is expanding primary care senior clinics into three more states, increasing to more than 240 the number of such centers by the end of this year. → Read More

Covid Vaccines And Testing Boost CVS Health Earnings Outlook

CVS Health raised its full-year 2021 earnings outlook as the drugstore chain’s customers race to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested for the virus as the Omicron variant surges across the U.S. → Read More

Obamacare Enrollment Up 21% To A Record 13.8 Million

A record 13.8 million Americans have signed up for individual coverage under the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare for this year. → Read More

Covid Vaccines And Testing Boost Walgreens Profits

Walgreens Boots Alliance reported more than $3.5 billion in quarterly profits thanks to a rush of customers being vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested for the virus. → Read More

American Medical Association Latest To Oppose CDC’s Shorter Covid Isolation Guidelines

The American Medical Association opposes new CDC guidance that shortens the time for isolation and quarantine for those infected with Covid-19, saying it puts “patients at risk and could further overwhelm our health care system.” → Read More

Walgreens May Sell Boots U.K. Pharmacies To Private Equity

Walgreens Boots Alliance may sell its Boots pharmacies in the United Kingdom to private equity firms, according to media reports over the weekend. → Read More

Rite Aid To Close More Than 60 Stores

Rite Aid said it will close 63 stores in a cost-cutting move to help the drugstore chain be more competitive. → Read More

Though Omicron Looms, Medical Device Industry Rebounds From Pandemic Lull

The medical device industry has rebounded this year from one of its worst periods ever as the Covid-19 pandemic triggered major sales losses in 2020. → Read More

To Address Doctor Shortage, U.S. To Pay For 1,000 New Residencies

The Biden administration moved to fund an additional 1,000 physician residency slots over the next five years to “address access to care, workforce shortages in high-need areas.” → Read More

Tight Labor Market Means Lower Health Costs For Workers

A drop in employee healthcare costs came in the form of lower deductibles and co-payments this year thanks to the tight labor market. → Read More