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March 1, 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

As Employers Tighten Their Benefits Belts, Insurers Respond With Tighter Networks
Reprinted from Health Plan Week

In response to demands from rate-hike-weary individuals and employers that are increasingly unwilling to shift more costs onto employees, health plans are turning to a new, old strategy: Tighter provider networks .... Read Full Story

 

Quote of the Day

The recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson of Florida “was incredibly ill-informed in the sense that there are aspects of the law that have nothing to do with the issue of the individual mandate” (e.g., the Medicaid program, accountable care organizations, efforts to improve the quality of care).

— Bruce Merlin Fried, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of SNR Denton US LLP, told AIS’s Health Reform Week.

Click here to read the AIS's HEALTH REFORM WEEK article in which this quote appeared. (Free for HRW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).

 

Today's Datapoint

7.4%…fewer adult patients had high-tech radiology usage if they were enrolled in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s patient-centered medical home program during the first six months of 2010, according to the insurer.

From HEALTH PLAN WEEK.

 

Today from Washington

People on the Move

MEDecision, Inc. named Deborah Gage president and CEO. Gage was president and CEO at GTESS Corp....Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., named John Giamalis chief financial officer and Arthur DeTore chief physician executive. Giamalis was senior vice president and treasurer at The Hartford and DeTore was executive vice president of strategic direction and business development at Parkview Health.

 

Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

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



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