Jan. 4 , 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS’s Health Reform Week, the nation’s leading publication on the business implications of the massive changes for the health industry mandated by reform.

Today's Featured Story

Legislation Introduced by Sens. Wyden, Brown Would Permit State Waivers From Some Reform Provisions
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to allow state waivers from certain health reform law provisions may bode well in terms of federal lawmakers finding common ground to modify certain elements of the law, an industry observer tells AIS. It represents the first teaming of a Democrat with a Republican in an effort to modify the law, as well as the first GOP legislative offering designed to temper rather than repeal the law .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

The trend of health insurers becoming data brokers “is a niche that’s growing, and it’s a niche where the scale and capacity of large insurers will add value, particularly if they decouple that service from their insurance-carrier services — and support data and analytics for populations they don’t necessarily provide health coverage for.”

— Jordan Battani, a principal researcher in Computer Sciences Corp.’s Global Health Care Group, told 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

$750 million …in common stock can be repurchased by Aetna under the recent approval of its board of directors, which adds to the $257 million buyback the insurer had under former repurchase plans.

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


People on the Move

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee promoted Gale Arden to vice president and general manager of the Senior Care division, which is responsible for Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplement products. Prior to joining the Tennessee Blues plan in 2009, Arden worked for CMS, where she was involved in oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid programs’ national operations.…Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon promoted Alison Goldwater to vice president of provider services in Oregon. She was the director of network strategy and reimbursement management.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Providence Health & Services
ASO Product Development Manager
Portland, Ore.

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