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November 25, 2014

Today's Featured Story

UnitedHealthcare CEO Boudreaux Quits; New Lineup to Lead Insurer
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

A major reshuffle of the executive lineup at UnitedHealth Group saw Gail Boudreaux, CEO of the group’s UnitedHealthcare unit, resign on Nov. 12, which could signal at least a moderate strategy shift in how aggressive the insurer prices in public exchange and Medicare markets, consultants and analysts say. And certainly the changes are a sign that current CEO Stephen Hemsley has his eye on other executives as possible successors.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

Private insurance exchanges are “one of the biggest emerging trends in health insurance today. There is no question that the supply side exceeds the demand side at this point. As you start seeing studies showing that this could be 40% of the market at some point, everyone has jumped into this space, from benefits consultants to brokers to health plans.... Frankly, a lot of the consultant-based models are very new, and they are being pushed so aggressively that a lot of the operational risk and kinks that flow down to health plans have not been worked out yet.”

— Jason Hover, director of group business strategy for BCBS of Michigan, told The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans*

Click here to read the THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELDS PLANS* article in which this quote appeared. (Free for THE AIS REPORT subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).

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Today's Datapoint

146,000 ... is the median patient population size being served by a top 100 drug, down from 690,000 in 2010, as a result of the growth of new drugs to treat orphan diseases, according to Stephen Cichy, founder and managing director for Monarch Specialty Group, LLC.



FierceHealthPayer News from our partner FierceMarkets

Executive order stops short of insurance for immigrants illegally in U.S.

President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration reform stopped short of offering healthcare coverage to people who are in the U.S. illegally, but the action should make it easier for them to obtain insurance, according to Politico.... Read more


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Moberg Pharma AB appointed Jeff Vernimb general manager of U.S. operations. Vernimb was previously vice president of sales with Insight Pharmaceuticals....KLOX Technologies Inc. named Todd Martensen chief commercial officer and promoted Vice President Mariano Rodriguez to chief financial officer and senior vice president of corporate development. Martensen was previously vice president of medical sales in the Americas for Leica Microsystems, a unit of Danaher....Juliet Cunningham joined Alere Inc. as vice president of investor relations. She previously managed investor relations at Lytx.


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