HMO Stocks Rise on Medicare Advantage News

Shares of health insurance provider Humana jumped yesterday and are set to gain more today following news that Medicare Advantage might increase reimbursement rates.

Cancer Patient's Tweets Shame Insurer Into Paying Medical Bills

Arizona State University grad student Arijit Guha was shocked when his health insurance provider, Aetna, stopped paying for his cancer treatment. But a clever social media campaign that ended in a Twitter conversation with Aetna's CEO has set matters right.

5 Things to Watch This Week

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street, especially when new tablets and old banks are in the way. Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead once Monday rolls around.

Health Insurers Post Healthy Profits but Remain Cautious on 2011

The recent pushback on health care reform appears to have boosted the stock prices of health insurance companies, which have outperformed major indexes by quite a margin so far this year. That's because Americans have been cutting back on doctor visits, keeping reimbursement costs low.

Aetna Earnings Per Share Jump 63%

Aetna (AET) reported a 63% jump in earnings per share for the third quarter. The insurer reported earnings per share of $1.19 in the third quarter, up from 73 cents per share a year earlier, the company said in a statement.

IBM and Aetna Launch Health Care Support Service

IBM and Aetna's ActiveHealth Management subsidiary have jointly launched the Collaborative Care Solution, a new cloud-computing and clinical-decision support system that aims to improve medical practices at hospitals, helping them provide better care at a lower cost.

Health-Care Sector Appears to Rally As Reform Chances Dim

President Obama can't be pleased by the loss of a Democratic Senate seat which jeopardizes passage of his cherished health-care reform. The news, however, appears to have fueled a mini stock rally in the health-care and pharma sectors wary of how any reform would affect their businesses. The uptrend is expected to continue.