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May 24, 2016

Today's Featured Story

Cigna Is Expanding Mandatory Genetic Counseling Program With Eye on Value
Reprinted from Specialty Pharmacy News

As genetic tests continue to flood the market, Cigna Corp. is preparing to expand its mandatory genetic counseling program with an eye on bringing value to an area that offers widely diverse value propositions.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

Physician-owned distributorships “present an inherent conflict of interest that can put the physician’s medical judgment at odds with the patient’s best interests.... [We have confirmed] the widespread belief that POD doctors see more patients, perform more surgeries, and perform more complex surgeries than their non-POD counterparts.”

— According to a May 10 report by the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee, which has been studying the impact of PODs.

Click here to read the REPORT ON MEDICARE COMPLIANCE article in which this quote appeared — "Senate Committee Says PODs Are on Rise, Urges More Enforcement, Reporting" (Free for RMC subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers)


Today's Datapoint

25% ... of the people who purchased 2015 health coverage through a public exchange stopped paying their premiums at some point during the year, yet most repurchased an exchange plan for 2016, according to a McKinsey & Co. report.

Click here to read the INSIDE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES E-ALERT in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for HEX subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island appointed Kim Keck president and CEO. She previously was senior vice president at Aetna Inc....Karl Eisenhower joined the Alliance for Health Reform as director of communications and special projects. He most recently was health editor for RealClear Media Group....The FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research named Julie Dohm, Ph.D., senior science advisor for compounding. She previously was a drugs counselor in the agency’s Office of Chief Counsel.


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