January 18 Webinar: Experts Discuss Wall Street’s Outlook in 2012

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Three top health industry securities and financial analysts discuss how the health insurance industry and individual health plans are likely to perform in 2012 in an Atlantic Information Services-sponsored webinar.

Atlantic Information Services, Inc., publisher of Health Plan Week, is pleased to announce its January 18 webinar, Wall Street’s 2012 Outlook for Health Plans: Which Plans Will Be Winners and Losers … and Why? See webinar details at http://aishealth.com/marketplace/c2m02_011812.

Will 2012 bring the same strong earnings that health plans had in 2011? Will the industry’s low utilization trend continue in 2012, or will it return to normal levels? What effect do government budget shortfalls have on the outlook for Medicare and Medicaid? Will Medicare Advantage plan consolidation continue in 2012, and, if so, which plans are the most likely targets? What’s ahead for medical costs, medical loss ratio rebates and much more? Which insurers are likely to be more successful, and why?

During the webinar, experts will discuss the specifics of what Wall Street expects from health plans in 2012 and how business strategies for the new year should be adjusted accordingly. During the 60-minute presentation and 30-minute Q&A session, Carl McDonald from Citi Investment Research, Douglas B. Sherlock from the Sherlock Company and Matthew Coffina from Morningstar, Inc., will provide answers to questions like:

  • Which companies may be most vulnerable to layoffs, lower investment results, growing medical costs and problems raising capital?
  • How will company performance and profitability be impacted as managed care organizations prepare for health insurance exchanges in 2014?
  • What does the shift toward “defined contribution” health benefits mean for the competitive advantage of insurers?
  • To what extent will merger and acquisition activity accelerate as plans seek scale?
  • How are medical loss ratio rebates affecting the competitive landscape?
  • Are medical cost trends likely to bounce back in 2012? Which medical cost components are posing the biggest headaches for plans?
  • Which insurers are best-positioned to boost profits via lower administrative costs?
  • How will regulatory scrutiny of premium increases affect rate negotiations with health care providers … and health plans’ bottom lines?
  • What kind of impact would the industry see if the Supreme Court strikes down the reform law?

Visit http://aishealth.com/marketplace/c2m02_011812 for more details and registration information.

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