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Feb. 18, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS's Health Plan Week, the industry's leading source of objective business, financial and regulatory news of the health insurance industry.

Today's Featured Story

Retail Sales Will Be Vital for Insurers as 125 Million Switch Health Coverage
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

Over the next five to six years, as many as 125 million consumers are expected to transition — at least once — to a new type of health insurance coverage. As a result, $1 trillion in potential sales could be up for grabs, according to one former health plan executive. But to take advantage of this mass migration, health insurers will need to pay far greater attention to retail marketing while transitioning away from the employer-based wholesale market .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“For many organizations, they won’t have the skill sets necessary to achieve the kind of care coordination, successful chronic care management and data capture and analysis that’s going to be required” of accountable care organizations. “Certainly there are consulting organizations that could be very helpful, and plenty will be selling snake oil.”

— Bruce Merlin Fried, a partner at SNR Denton US LLP, 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

10.1% … was the collective stock price increase in January for the 12 publicly traded health plans that are tracked by AIS’s Health Plan Week.

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


Today from Washington

People on the Move

AVANIR Pharmaceuticals, Inc. promoted Gregory Flesher to senior vice president of corporate development and chief business officer. Flesher was vice president of business development....Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. appointed Ronald Ritz as senior director of manufacturing. Ritz was senior director of technical operations at Enzon Pharmaceuticals.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

The Burchfield Group
Database Administrator
St. Paul, Minn.

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