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Feb. 17, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by ACO Business News, a hard-hitting monthly newsletter on the latest industry actions to design and create ACOs, for hospitals, physicians, health plans and their advisers.

Today's Featured Story

Physicians, Health Systems Should Weigh Other Delivery Reforms in Building ACOs
Reprinted from ACO Business News

Developers of accountable care organizations should factor in other pieces of health delivery reform, such as assessing how they will organize or “bundle” payments to providers, or integrate a medical home-type concept into the model, to optimize their ability to lower costs and improve care, health industry observers are advising .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“I’m not sure [the health reform law] is good policy. I’m not sure it’s going to make the country any better. But I am quite sure the health-care mandate is constitutional.…I don’t see [Chief Justice] Roberts as going for this tea party stuff.”

— Charles Fried, former Reagan administration solicitor general, told The Washington Post.


Today's Datapoint

$400 to $500…per participant is being saved annually under Network Health Plan’s wellness program, which is called Millennium.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

American Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc. named Richard Leopold chief information officer and Richard Campagna chief operating officer. Leopold was executive director of e-business at USAA in San Antonio and Campagna was vice president of operations at WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Fla....Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, appointed Diane L. Tribble chief scientific officer. Tribble was vice president of clinical development at Isis Pharmaceuticals.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Chief Medical Officer
Berlin, Vt.

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