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1. Largest US Insurer's Move Signals Industry Shift -

The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions for the sector to offering growth opportunities.

2. Health Insurers: Payment Rates Above 80 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums – a necessary step for the enrollment figures touted by the Obama administration to hold up.

3. Tricare Won't Return Walgreen to Pharmacy Network -

NEW YORK (AP) – The military health insurance plan Tricare says Walgreen Co.'s drugstore chain, the largest in the U.S., will not be part of the network where plan members can get their prescriptions filled.

4. Gov't Stepping Up Fight Against Health Care Fraud -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration is upping the ante in the fight against health care fraud, joining forces with private insurers and state investigators on a scale not previously seen in an attempt to stanch tens of billions of dollars in losses.

5. WellPoint Buying Amerigroup for About $4.46B -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Health insurer WellPoint Inc. will raise its stake in a market poised for substantial growth with its $4.46 billion acquisition of Medicaid coverage provider Amerigroup Corp.

6. Health Insurer WellPoint to Buy 1-800 Contacts -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – WellPoint Inc. plans to buy contact lens retailer 1-800-Contacts Inc. in a deal that would give the insurer its first direct-to-consumer business outside selling individual health coverage.

7. Insurers Speed Health Care Overhaul Preparations -

The nation's big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul even though there's a chance the wide-reaching law won't survive Supreme Court scrutiny.

It's not that health insurers want to bet big that the court will uphold the Affordable Care Act. It's that they can't afford not to. It will take at least several months and lots of resources for insurers to prepare to implement key elements of the law, which includes a controversial requirement that most Americans have health insurance by 2014.

8. Walgreen, Other Pharmacies Form Nationwide Network -

Walgreen Co. and some independent drugstores are investing in a nationwide push to give pharmacists a chance to work more with patients to improve care and cut costs.

9. Walgreen Expects to Lose Most Express Scripts Biz -

Drugstore operator Walgreen Co. said Thursday it expects to lose almost 90 percent of prescriptions handled by pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. after it leaves Express Scripts' networks on Jan. 1.

10. IBM Putting Watson to Work in Health Insurance -

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work.

IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best "Jeopardy!" players on TV, is being tapped by one of the nation's largest health insurers to help diagnose medical problems and authorize treatments.

11. Health Plan Rules: What Counts as an Emergency? -

When is an emergency not an emergency? In health care, that can be a costly distinction.

Emergency rooms are designed to live up to their names by treating life-threatening or serious medical problems. But they often handle much more than that, sometimes at great cost to patients.

12. Health Insurers Adjust to Once-Scary Reform Rule -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A new health care overhaul mandate that once stirred fear among insurers is proving to be challenging – but not too challenging – as it makes its debut in 2011.

13. Insurer Rate Hikes to Face Fresh Federal Scrutiny -

Health insurers will have to justify some rate hikes starting next year under a proposed federal rule that raises scrutiny for individual and small group policies that have slapped many consumers with soaring premiums.

14. Health Insurers Help GOP After Dalliance With Dems -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health insurers flirted with Democrats, supported them with money and got what they wanted: a federal mandate that most Americans carry health care coverage. Now they're backing Republicans, hoping a GOP Congress will mean friendlier regulations.

15. HHS Warns of Double-Digit Spike in Health Premiums -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers are facing budget-busting increases in medical insurance premiums, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday, releasing a report the Obama administration hopes will tap public outrage and help revive its stalled health care overhaul.

16. Earnings Reports to Give Picture of Job Market -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street may be roaring again and manufacturers see a bright future selling their wares in Asia. But for many Americans, it's still a downturn until the jobs come back.

This week, earnings from several companies with deep ties to corporate payrolls, consumer demand and the labor market will show whether employers are hiring, firing or holding off on filling vacancies.

17. Baker Donelson Honored By Corporate Counsel -

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has been named to the 2009 edition of Corporate Counsel’s “Who Represents Corporate America.”

The annual list recognizes law firms that regularly serve as outside counsel for Fortune 100 companies. This is the fourth consecutive year Baker Donelson has been included.

18. New Jobless Claims Drop Unexpectedly to 530K -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of newly laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell for the third straight week, evidence that layoffs are continuing to ease in the earliest stages of an economic recovery.

19. Obama Speech Leaves Health Care Industry Uncertain -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of health insurers wavered in premarket activity Thursday after President Barack Obama made clear he is sticking to his goal of health care reform in a televised speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night.

20. Drug Industry, Pfizer Lead in Health Lobbying -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The drug industry's trade group and one of the nation's biggest pharmaceutical companies reported spending more money than other health care organizations on lobbying in the second quarter of this year.

21. Humana Q1 Profit More than Doubles -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Health insurer Humana Inc. said Monday its first-quarter profit more than doubled as its government business surged from higher membership in its Medicare Advantage plans and lower expenses in Medicare drug plans that sapped earnings a year ago.

22. Recession Fears, Weak Earnings Stoke Stock Selling -

NEW YORK (AP) – World stock markets sagged again Wednesday as a barrage of weak corporate earnings stoked fears that the government’s financial intervention won’t keep global economies out of recession.

23. Health Insurance Premiums Rise 6.1 Percent; More Families Choosing to Go Without -

The increasing cost of health insurance is putting coverage out of reach for many small to midsize companies and their workers, even though the rise in premiums this year was the lowest increase in eight years.

24. Archived Article: Southeastern (lead) - Memphis investment adviser Memphis investment adviser acquires stake in Aetna Southeastern Asset Management Inc., a Memphis-based investment adviser, has acquired a 6 percent stake in Aetna Inc., a top U.S. health insurer. Southeastern has invested ...