Is there a theme here? Some commentators have suggested that Ingenix is putting together the elements of a Kaiser-like solution. For example, Dana Blankhorne at ZDNet writes this about United Healthcare, Ingenix's parent:
It’s trying to be more like Kaiser. That is it wants to control the hospitals and clinics it pays money to and see that they’re managed efficiently. Kaiser does this directly. It owns hospitals and clinics. UnitedHealth plans to do this indirectly, through Ingenix.Kaiser Permanente has an good track record of outcomes vs. dollar spent. One would expect it to have an overwhelming share of the market. Yet, it has garnered just a 24% share in California while failing to gain traction in other states (e.g. 5% in Georgia). Commentators believe this is because Kaiser limits patients freedom in choosing how they receive care.
The success of the next Kasier-like solution will be affected by how much choice it enables. I wonder what UnitedHealthcare thinks about patient choice?