Dec. 22, 2010

Today's Featured Story

Mild Flu Season, Ample Vaccine Ease H1N1 Fears, but Health Plans and PBMs Should Still Push Vaccinations
Reprinted from DRUG BENEFT NEWS

What a difference a year makes. In 2009, an early flu season was raging and the H1N1 “swine flu” proved so virulent and contagious that by June the World Health Organization had christened it a pandemic. This year, with an unusually mild flu season thus far, many providers report that vaccination rates are down, and public health officials warn that Americans may be lowering their guard at a time when H1N1 is still very much present and the traditionally most severe months of flu season are still ahead. Officials recommend that health plans and PBMs communicate the availability of vaccination coverage and encourage utilization.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“People who make money off a Gold Rush aren’t those digging for gold but those selling them the shovels. If [under accountable care organizations] you are going to be paid based on meeting financial savings and quality achievement targets, you’ll have to invest in the tools and the culture needed to do this….Most provider organizations today are still largely collections of atoms that are not interacting or communicating.”

— Bill MacBain, senior VP, finance, at Gorman Health Group, LLC, told AIS’s ACO BUSINESS NEWS.

Click here to read the ACO BUSINESS NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for ABN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

$6 billion... is the annual cost to health care organizations of breaches of patient information, according to a new study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts.



People on the Move

Dennis Barnes Jr., CEO of Medicare Advantage marketing specialist Marketing Direct, Inc., has been named president and CEO of the KBM Group Health Services Division following the acquisition this month of MDI by KBM Group, a large knowledge-based marketing firm.…Arcadian Health Plan named John Wells chief performance officer. Wells was vice president of strategic compliance solutions at Gorman Health Group LLC, where he was responsible for services relevant to the regulatory and compliance needs of Medicare health plans.


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