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August 29, 2016

Today's Featured Story

Half Full or Half Empty? Private Exchange Health Depends on Definition of Success
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

For private exchanges to accelerate the interest level of employers, both in the large and mid-size segments, health plans, benefits consultants and other operators must work across traditional and newer ancillary lines of the business, according to market consultants. Even then, technology has to meet or exceed expectations, be targeted to the specific designs of employers and possibly industries and also satisfy cost-savings demands as employers seek hard evidence proving the promise of exchanges.... Read Full Story

 

Quote of the Day

“Employers remain in the business of providing group health insurance and [private health insurance] exchanges, per se, have not changed underlying health care cost beyond approaches that already exist, in large part, in large employer benefits programs” which is a major reason why private exchanges have not caught on.

— Paul Lambdin, a managing director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, told AIS’s Inside Health Insurance Exchanges.

Click here to read the INSIDE HEALTH INSRUANCE EXCHANGES article in which this quote appeared — "NBGH Finds Waning Interest in Private Exchanges; Others Disagree" (Free for HEX subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)

 

Today's Datapoint

2/3 ... of adverse events post-discharge are related to medications, and 30% of readmissions are medication-related, according to data presented by Kathryn Ruszczyk, clinical collaboration manager with Integrated Care Partners, the ACO at Hartford HealthCare in Connecticut, who spoke at a recent Medical Home Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Global Health Care, LLC.

From AIS's VALUE-BASED CARE NEWS — "ACO, PCMH Pharmacists Cut Risk, Target Medication ‘Wreckonciliation’ Problem"

 

Today from Washington

People on the Move

Icagen, Inc. named Chris Mathes, M.D., chief commercial officer. Previously, Mathes managed North American business development efforts for discovery services at Charles River Laboratories....TapImmune Inc appointed Michael Loiacono chief financial officer and chief accounting officer. He served as a finance consultant for the company since March 2016....Martine Singer joined Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) as the new president and CEO, effective Nov. 7. She served as president and CEO of Para Los Niños since 2012.

 

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