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Feb. 9, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, a hard-hitting independent monthly newsletter on new products, market share, strategies, conversions, financing, profitability and strategic alliances of BC/BS plans. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)

Today's Featured Story

Blues Plans Expand the Use of Registered Nurses as Gatekeeper Providers
Reprinted from The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans

Two Blue Cross Blue Shield plans are expanding their use of nurse practitioners, allowing them to operate as point-of-entry providers similar to the role often played by primary care physicians. And both plans say it makes sense in light of the millions of newly insured enrollees that could gain coverage via the federal health reform law .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“2011 is really the first year that the majority of employers will have deductibles that exceed $400 a year for network services. Just a few years ago, many employers didn’t even have deductibles for in-network services.”

— Mike Thompson, a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, told AIS’s Health Plan Week.

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


Today's Datapoint

5.7 million…people are now covered by health plans that are paired with either a health savings account (HSA) or health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), up from 1.2 million in 2006, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an emerging biopharmaceutical company, named Martha Carter chief regulatory officer. Carter was senior vice president and chief regulatory officer at Proteon Therapeutics, Inc....Alios BioPharma, Inc. appointed Carol Brosgart, M.D., chief medical officer (CMO). Brosgart was senior vice president and CMO at Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, Calif.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Universal Health Care
Title Director of Claims
St. Petersburg, Fla.

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