Jan. 13, 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

Health Insurance Exchanges Are Not on Top of GOP Repeal List
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

The health reform law’s insurance exchanges aren’t necessarily at the top of the GOP’s hit list on repeal, although their survival may very well depend on the fate of the subsidies that will enable people to buy coverage in the exchanges, some health care observers predict .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“I don’t think ACOs were envisioned to manage insurance risk. Then they become HMOs and have to be licensed by the states. But we’ve blurred the line between clinical risk and insurance risk. It’s the gray area that’s the source of potential contention where states would step in to regulate.”

— Jack Rovner, a partner with the Chicago-based Health Law Consultancy, 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

253 million … transactions were processed in 2009 by BlueCard, the Blues plan program that serves numerous large employers nationally.

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). (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)


People on the Move

CAS Medical Systems, Inc. named Matthew Herwig vice president of sales and marketing. Herwig was vice president of U.S. marketing for energy-based devices at Covidien Healthcare....Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart said that Andrew McKechnie joined the government relations firm. McKechnie was a health policy advisor to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the Senate Finance Committee.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Outcomes Health Information Solutions
Project Manager
Alpharetta, Ga.

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