Consolidation in work comp services – Opining on Optum’s future

Last week we pondered Paradigm’s future, before that we mused about Mitchell’s. Today we opine about Optum. First, a little history. Back in the Pleistocene, I worked for what was then UHC.  United Healthcare was considered the best managed care company … Continue reading Consolidation in work comp services – Opining on Optum’s future

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Consolidation in work comp services – speculating on Paradigm’s future

Last week we pondered Mitchell’s future; as (perhaps) the largest WC entity outside the TPA space Mitchell/Genex/Coventry has an enviable position – albeit one that is by no means dominant. Today our attention turns to Paradigm, a company I’ve written … Continue reading Consolidation in work comp services – speculating on Paradigm’s future

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Consolidation in work comp services – speculating on Mitchell’s future

Considering the landscape of service providers, one might think it easy to identify the acquirers and targets. Reminder – the companies we are considering are Mitchell/Genex/Coventry (MGC), Paradigm, Conduent, Optum Workers’ Comp, OneCall, ExamWorks and one step down, MedRisk (HSA … Continue reading Consolidation in work comp services – speculating on Mitchell’s future

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Consolidation in work comp services – PE vs Corporate owners

Yesterday’s intro to the coming consolidation in workers’ comp services identified 7 entities – Mitchell/Genex/Coventry (MGC), Paradigm, Conduent, Optum Workers’ Comp, OneCall, ExamWorks and MedRisk (HSA consulting client) that might will be the last one(s) – standing when the music … Continue reading Consolidation in work comp services – PE vs Corporate owners

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Consolidation in work comp services – you ain’t seen nothing yet.

What’s coming is quite clear – there will be more consolidation in the work comp services industry, much of it likely in the next 12 months. Cue Bachman-Turner Overdrive… Workers’ comp is a shrinking industry; while there may well be … Continue reading Consolidation in work comp services – you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Monday update – healthcare costs, guidelines, what docs want, and market consolidation

Here’s what happened last week… People who enroll in exchange programs in red states pay 3.2 percent more for their health insurance than folks in purple or blue states.  Research indicates it is because fewer folks in red states sign … Continue reading Monday update – healthcare costs, guidelines, what docs want, and market consolidation

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The impact of provider consolidation

Hospitals, health care systems, large multi-specialty groups – all are getting bigger by buying each other, merging, or snapping up smaller hospitals and physician practices. Providers smart/fortunate enough to be inside these mega-systems enjoy pricing power, strong brand recognition, and … Continue reading The impact of provider consolidation

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