Dec. 30, 2010

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Today's Featured Story

Aetna’s Change in Payments to Brokers Could Prompt Others to Follow
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

Aetna Inc. is the latest health plan operator to revamp the way it pays broker commissions. In a letter sent to insurance brokers last month, Aetna explained that, beginning Feb. 1, brokers in certain states will be reimbursed based on a “service fee model” for employers with 51 or more employees. Under this structure, employers will compensate the broker directly. The company now calculates commissions based on a percentage of premiums. Aetna’s new fee structure is more typical among large self-insured employers .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“A battleship is less nimble than a speedboat. Bigger [health] plans make a bigger impact over the long term, but a smaller plan can implement a social networking strategy more quickly. It doesn’t take much time to set up a Facebook page.”

— Thomas Harpointner, CEO of AIS Media, an Atlanta-based interactive marketing company (not affiliated with AISHealth), told THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS*.

Click here to read the THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS* article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for The AIS Report subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).

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Today's Datapoint

44%…of the adverse events suffered by more than one-quarter of 780 Medicare beneficiaries discharged in October 2008 were “clearly or likely preventable,” according to a recent survey by the HHS Office of Inspector General.



People on the Move

Coding Compliance Solutions hired Angela Jacobson, a registered nurse with leadership in documentation improvement at a medical center; and Melody Czapski, who has 16 years of experience working with hospitals, physicians, legal counsel and professional organizations in reviewing documentation, charge capture processes and coding analysis; as consultants....Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. appointed Gregory Papaz senior vice president of commercial operations. Papaz was Rheumatology sales director for commercial marketing at Genentech.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Aegis Medical Systems, Inc.
Clinic Director / Program Manager
Roseville, CA

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