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March 27, 2015

Today's Featured Story

Hepatitis C, Compound Meds Cut Into 2014 Drug Trend
Reprinted from Drug Benefit News

According to the new Drug Trend Report from Express Scripts Holding Co., two primary contributors to drug trend last year were hepatitis C therapies and compounded medications. The PBM estimates that those two factors combined drove more than half of a 13.1% increase in overall spending; setting those classes aside, 2014 drug trend (defined as the year-over-year increase in per capita drug spending) was 6.4%.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“The doomsday scenarios [for the King v. Burwell decision], I tend to be a little skeptical of them. This is one situation where I think the Congress recognizes that failure to act presents policy and political problems, particularly for Republicans. I think they are prepared to act in a way that would offset some of the policy consequences. They understand the stakes.”

— Lanhee Chen, Ph.D., director of domestic studies in the public policy program at Stanford University, told the audience at AHIP’s recent National Health Policy Conference

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


Today's Datapoint

$4.2 billion ... in revenue could result from Iowa’s RFP for a contract with two to four insurers to manage benefits and care for the state’s Medicaid and CHIP populations.

Click here to read the MEDICARE ADVANTAGE NEWS article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for MAN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today from Washington

People on the Move

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. appointed Hammon Acuna senior vice president of business development. Acuna was previously vice president of marketing for SCPIE Holdings, Inc., now a unit of The Doctors Company....Results Physiotherapy named Tony Ueber president and CEO. Ueber was most recently president and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital....The Huntzinger Management Group, Inc. named Robert LaPorte client executive. LaPorte is currently president-elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) South Carolina chapter....Jennifer Bajaj, M.D., joined Paladina Health, a unit of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., as chief medical officer. She was formerly director of population health and complex case management for Kaiser Permanente of Colorado, a unit of Kaiser Permanente.


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