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June 3, 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

NCQA’s Final ACO Standards in July May Have Later Impact on Medicare
Reprinted from ACO Business News

The National Committee for Quality Assurance tells ABN it will release final ACO accreditation standards in July “or soon thereafter,” and also will submit comments by the June 6 deadline on provisions in the draft Medicare Shared Savings Program regulations related to ACO quality metrics. An industry lawyer asserts that the recent issuance of the rule without any mention of NCQA accreditation calls the relevance of the private-sector organization’s forthcoming standards into question. But NCQA disputes that point — blaming it on timing and saying Medicare eventually may use its ACO accreditation .... Read Full Story


From the AIS Blogs

’There’s an app for that’

The ubiquitous phrase first used — and then trademarked — by Apple definitely seems to apply to the pharmacy benefit industry. It seems like every day I get a press release touting a new mobile phone application that helps improve compliance, locate a pharmacy or comparison shop for pharmaceuticals ... Read more


Quote of the Day

The preference among oncologists for oral therapies over IV/infused agents “is a trend we’ve observed directly as well. Oncologists have become comfortable with these oral products and comfortable that patients by and large will comply. [An Avalere study showing that 25% of members fail to fill oral oncolytics] will cause physicians to take a step back and ask what is likely to happen. It’s easier to monitor adherence [when physicians are giving infusions in their offices].”

— Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health LLC, told AIS’s Specialty Pharmacy News.

Click here to read the SPECIALTY PHARMACY NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for SPN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

$1.25 billion … was recently paid by CVS Caremark Corp. for the Medicare Part D business of Universal American Corp.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

Medicare Advantage operator Aveta Inc. named Nancy Waltermire chief compliance officer. Waltermire was manager of senior billing and enrollment at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey....SynCardia Systems, Inc. said that Rodger Ford, the company's CEO for the past six years, has stepped down. SynCardia President Michael Garippa has taken over as CEO in addition to his current role. Ford is joining MicroMed Cardiovascular, Inc. as CEO and chairman of the board.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

The Rawlings Group
Director of New Initiatives, Pharmacy Division
LaGrange, Ky.

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