Dec. 6, 2010

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Today's Featured Story

Medicare Advantage 2011: Slight Enrollment Gains, More Cost-Sharing, Major Acquisitions
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

Despite a shortened selling season, looming reimbursement cuts and fewer health plan operators in the marketplace, industry observers predict overall enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans will tick upward a bit next year. And 2011 could be a huge year for mergers and acquisitions, one industry consultant says .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

The cost of the Medicare physician pay cuts will keep growing “because the pay reductions get larger the further out you go. The longer you wait, the more expensive it becomes from a federal budgetary perspective.”

— Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health and a former White House Office of Management and Budget official, told AIS's HEALTH REFORM WEEK.

Click here to read the AIS's HEALTH REFORM WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HRW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

More than
8,500... plans are now available at’s insurance finder, a doubling of the number of plans that were available for comparison in October.



People on the Move

Eliza Corp., a health care technology company, named Marc Jeffreys senior vice president of consumer markets. Jeffreys was director and head of marketing strategy in the Direct Marketing & Analytics division at Aetna Inc....Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. appointed Kurt Hartman general counsel and access. Hartman was executive director of value and access at Eisai, Inc.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Chief Medical Officer
Berlin, Vt.

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