Dec. 27 , 2010

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Today's Featured Story

Washington State MD Groups Tell Medicare Patients to Switch to Medicare Advantage

In events that may be akin to “man bites dog” and give new meaning to the term “strange bedfellows,” several large medical groups in Washington state are urging their Medicare patients to join Medicare Advantage plans for 2011. The reversal of what previously has been not-well-disguised disdain for MA plans on the part of many physicians appears to stem primarily from the continuing threat of large physician pay cuts in fee-for-service Medicare.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“If United[Health] is going to grow in an economy like this [as its earnings outlook indicates], someone else will shrink, and that most likely will be the smaller regional players that don’t have the resources to compete with the larger health insurers.”

— Steve Zaharuk, senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, told AIS’s Health Plan Week.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

27%…of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events in hospitals in 2008, which led to 180,000 deaths, according to a report issued by HHS’s Office of Inspector General on Nov. 16.

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


People on the Move

SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication, named Jay Donnella executive director. Prior to SHAPE, Donnella served in various management positions in insurance and human resources....Advanced BioHealing, Inc. appointed Kevin O'Boyle senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). O'Boyle was CFO at NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on spinal applications.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Public Sector Partners, Inc.
Managing Director
Worcester, MA

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