Dec. 10, 2010

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Today's Featured Story

Small Medical Groups Face Decisions on Affiliation and Infrastructure to Participate in Accountable Care Organizations
Reprinted from ACO Business News

Many major hospital systems and large medical group practices already are preparing to launch accountable care organizations, hoping that ACOs will help put them back in the driver’s seat. But before very small medical groups and solo practitioners can get involved, they must determine which type of affiliation model is best for them, what infrastructure they need and how it will be acquired. And even so, some fear that the up-front costs of creating and operating an ACO will prevent small medical groups and solo practitioners from entering the arena... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“What CMS clearly is trying to do is they want [Medicare Advantage] to be the laboratory for a new health care delivery system,” to try to foster quality changes, including coordinated care.

— Jean LeMasurier, a senior vice president at Gorman Health Group, LLC and former top CMS official, told AIS's Medicare Advantage News.

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


Today's Datapoint

63... employees are being laid off and another 57 positions eliminated at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, where a $16 million cost-cutting program is underway.

From THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)


People on the Move

HealthSpring, Inc. said that former Bravo Health, Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Folick joined its board of directors, but will not have a full-time position at HealthSpring, and that Bravo Chief Financial Officer Scott Tabakin will not be joining the company, which acquired Bravo on Dec. 1....Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a human capital advisor to health care organizations, named Zachary Besheer senior vice president. Besheer was regional vice president at B.E. Smith.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Blue Shield of California
Director of Small Group Sales
Woodland Hills, Calif.

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