Ascension Health, the country's largest nonprofit health system and owner of Saint Thomas Health, is in talks to acquire an insurance company that does business in 18 states, its president and CEO told an industry conference last week. Robert Henkel said any such deal would enable the organization to better manage risk in a care environment that is increasingly based on value-based payments.
The latest iteration of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index puts the number of Americans without health insurance at 15.6 percent of the total population, down from 18 percent late last year. That number also is the lowest in nearly six years.
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