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May 10, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by AIS's Medicare Advantage News, biweekly news and analysis on the Medicare (and Medicaid) managed care programs.

Today's Featured Story

CMS Will Stress Outcome Measures in New Star Ratings, Won’t Adjust for Region
Reprinted from Medicare Advantage News

CMS is considering a host of additional measures, many of them related to outcomes and clinical programs, for both the 2012 and 2013 star ratings for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, the head of its plan-performance division told a capacity audience at the agency’s spring conference in Hunt Valley, Md. ... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

Hospitals Could Make Better Use of CMS Compliance-Monitoring Data

Hospitals may not be making the most of the Program for Evaluation Payment Patterns Electronic Report, which is free compliance-monitoring data from CMS ... Read more


Quote of the Day

“There are some very reasonable tools that can help control [pharmacy spending], especially in oncology. Increased use of generics, use of preferred products, and following guidelines and pathways will wring out inappropriate utilization. If you can’t get 15% out of those three tactics, then something is wrong.”

— Bill Sullivan, principal consultant for Specialty Pharmacy Solutions LLC, told AIS’s Specialty Pharmacy News.



Today's Datapoint

10% to 15% … of advanced imaging tests for individuals suffering from heart disease were inappropriately denied to patients by Aetna Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware, according to an investigation by the Senate Commerce Committee.



FierceHealthPayer News from our partner FierceMarkets

Highmark, UPMC End Negotiations as Aetna Steps In

Provider agreement talks between Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center appear to be irretrievably broken after UPMC signed a contract with Aetna that allows the health insurance giant to re-enter the local market, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times ... Read more


Today from Washington

People on the Move

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America named Rod Hunter senior vice president of international advocacy, effective June 10. Hunter was vice president of governmental programs in Europe at IBM Corp....HouseWorks, a private-pay home care company, appointed Mark Hollister vice president of strategic growth. Prior to joining HouseWorks, Hollister had held executive level marketing positions at Homebase Abroad, HealthLeaders Media and International Data Group, Inc.


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