Consolidation efforts have increased nationwide as large insurance companies concentrate on Medicare and Medicaid business.
For the next several years, "consolidation" will be the watchword for the healthcare industry as plans and providers position themselves for the changing market.
Many wonder whether a wave of consolidations will take place as smaller health plans seek economies of scale
Changing times can mean strategic changes in executive leadership
Aetna's acquisition of Horizon Behavioral Services brings variety to Aetna's EAP services and positions it as a key player in the domestic EAP business.
Medco Health Solutions is rumored to be the lead bidder to acquire Aetna's PBM operation.
Analysts speculate Health Net will sell off businesses in key states where it's not the market leader.
United says it has no plans to follow suit by selling off its pharmacy benefit services. WellPoint will oursource now.
Health plan industry is trading at a discount so rumor of Aetna acquisition of Humana may not be far off base.
WellPoint decision to sell off its PBM business is seen by experts as good, strategic move for the health insurer.