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Could managed care companies help offset rising healthcare costs?

The managed care industry is consolidating, with three mergers announced this summer and intensive scrutiny due for at least the two largest. Congressional hearings provide insight into the political climate surrounding the pending mergers, but are unlikely to affect the actual competitive reviews.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Industry/Sector Commentary

Alternate payment models: Why the healthcare industry will never look the same

The Center for Medicare Services has launched several pilot projects that explore alternative payment models with the goal of reducing healthcare cost while improving quality. CMS is already moving towards requiring bundled payments for certain procedures.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing, U.S. Economy

Trends in U.S. healthcare spending and the direction of managed care

Structural changes in healthcare delivery and consumer options are leading to aligned incentives for better health outcomes and slower cost growth. Total healthcare spending growth is positive for providers of all kinds, while subdued per capita spending is positive for health insurers.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing

Update on U.S. healthcare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded insurance coverage, but will face more legal, logistical, and likely, economic, challenges. 
From the investor’s standpoint, the market responded to the law; ACA’s prelude and implementation has been a boon. While the market will fluctuate, there remain attractive investments across the range of healthcare products and services.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing

D-Day for healthcare — Three potential outcomes of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court is about to rule on whether to uphold tax subsidies for individuals buying health insurance on the 34 federally administered state public health exchanges. Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services will have to scramble to respond to invalidation and respond quickly to enrollees, providers and payers.

Tagged with: Economic Policy

Trending – Socially responsible fixed-income investing

Until recently, ethical investing has focused on avoiding exposure to perceived negative activities. Municipal bonds can offer a cost-effective way to fund programs and infrastructure to serve the public good.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Barn clearing budget deal gives Speaker Ryan a fresh slate

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 should provide some degree of certainty as government shutdowns will be avoided through 2016 and into early 2017. Financial advisors should update information related to Social Security claiming strategies.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives, Monetary Policy, Tax Strategies

A December rate hike would not be the Fed’s first act of tightening

Investors preparing for the shock on risk-on assets as a result of Fed tightening may be surprised to realize that they have already been feeling these shocks. The impact of a single 25 basis point hike as a part of a slow, years-long rate-rise cycle will likely be modest compared to the impact of the end of QE3.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Global Perspectives, Markets, Monetary Policy

Is the biotech pullback a buying opportunity?

Fundamentally, the outlook for biotech is as strong as ever. Drug price controls are unlikely to happen for the next decade despite the political rhetoric.

Tagged with: Equities, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing

Pension plan mortality improvements may not be so costly after all

New mortality data released by the Society of Actuaries could reduce liabilities for pension plan sponsors. The SOA plans to update the mortality table and improvement scales more frequently, which should smooth the annual effect on plan liabilities of future mortality experience.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives, Industry/Sector Commentary
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