Jan. 14, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS's Medicare Part D News, monthly business, compliance and management news and strategies to help Part D plans increase enrollment, boost revenues and minimize their risks of CMS fines, penalties and repayments

Today's Featured Story

Pharmacy Assn. Expresses Concerns With Marketing of Humana/Walmart Part D Plan
Reprinted from Medicare Part D News

Although other Part D plans in general didn’t have any issues with the new Medicare Part D product offered jointly by Humana Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has argued that the plan should not have been approved by CMS at all. And after meeting with CMS to address those concerns, NCPA still has issues. But one health care consultant said this may just be “sour grapes” on NCPA’s part .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“We’ve already seen premium review hold down rate hikes in California, Massachusetts, Maine and now Connecticut, and we expect to hear more good news from other states in the months ahead.”

— White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle.

Click here to read the THE AIS REPORT ON BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for THE AIS REPORT subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).
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Today's Datapoint

$31 million … in year four savings were generated by CMS’s five-year Physician Group Practice demo, which is considered the forerunner to the Medicare Shared Savings program.

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


People on the Move

The Seton Heart Institute appointed Mark Pirwitz president and CEO. Pirwitz was a cardiologist with Spokane Cardiology in Washington state....Aceto Corp. named Charles Alaimo vice president of human resources. Alaimo was director of global human resources at Colby Electronics Corp.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
Chief Medical Officer
Burlington, Mass.

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