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July 25, 2014

Today's Featured Story

Ongoing Exchange Glitches Keep Brokers From Getting Commissions
Reprinted from Inside Health Insurance Exchanges

Some insurance agents and brokers who helped individuals and small groups find health coverage through public insurance exchanges are still waiting for commission checks. Some are owed thousands of dollars for work they did last fall. Although commissions typically are paid by the carriers, HHS and some state exchanges have been slow to get the necessary information to the carriers.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

UnitedHealth Group’s second-quarter financial report, which beat Wall Street expectations, “just shows that in the health care sector, because there are so many challenges, the larger, more well-diversified companies are just in better shape to handle these challenges.... [UnitedHealth] lost some individual membership overall in the first half of the year [from members moving to public exchanges], but they made up for it with strong Medicaid membership. And Optum is very, very strong. It fills in the gaps when they have a hiccup in one of the other health care operations.”

— Steve Zaharuk, senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, told AIS’s Health Plan Week.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

More than
20,000 ...
tablets of hydrocodone were allegedly diverted from the outpatient pharmacy at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Calif., in late 2010 and 2011, according to a settlement Dignity Health, its parent company, recently reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Click here to read the REPORT ON MEDICARE COMPLIANCE article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for RMC subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Mark VanderWerf, vice president of eHealth and OEM at Nonin Medical, Inc., was elected chairman of the American Telemedicine Association's Industry Council and will join the ATA's Board of Directors....Magellan Health, Inc. appointed Kay Coles James to its board of directors. James is president of the Gloucester Institute and previously served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under George W. Bush....Hill, Chesson & Woody, an employee benefits firm, appointed McKenzie Watts consultant coordinator. Watts previously was a benefits analyst with HCW from 2007 to 2012.


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