MCF Posted July 3, 2011 Report Share Posted July 3, 2011 http://www.washingtonpost.com/insurers-quietly-gaining-control-of-doctors-covered-by-companies-plans/2011/06/29/AG5DNftH_story.html?wprss=rss_business "Even if UnitedHealth Group isn?t your insurance company, there?s a good chance it touches you in some way. The $100 billion behemoth sells technology to hospitals and other insurers, distributes drugs, manages clinical trials and offers continuing medical education, among other things, through the growing web of firms it owns. Now, that touch could get a lot more personal. United health services wing is quietly gaining control of doctors who treat patients covered by United plans ? buying medical groups and launching physician management companies, for example. It?s the latest sign that the barrier between companies that provide health coverage and those that provide care is crumbling. Other large insurers, including Humana and WellPoint, have announced deals involving doctors in recent months, part of a strategy to curb rising health costs that could cut into profits and to weather changes to their business arising from the federal health law. But United is the biggest insurer by revenue, making the trend much more significant. Many patients insured by these companies are going to see much tighter management of their care." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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