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December 30, 2016

Today's Featured Story

Blues Plans Wrap Insurance Products Around Value-Based Networks

Just as Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are continuing to invest in value-based care models, they also are wrapping insurance products around networks built on the foundations of these programs. “Consumers and health providers alike understand that as health care costs continue to grow, programs that deliver on the triple aim represent the best way to ensure that we can provide high quality coverage at an affordable cost,” Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Chairman, President and CEO Bob Marino tells AIS.... Read Full Story

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Quote of the Day

The Congressional Budget Office was “so wrong in scoring Obamacare that it would be stupid to allow the handful of petty bureaucrats…to pretend they can define policy for the whole country.”

— Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) speaking during a Dec. 7 webinar sponsored by the law firm Dentons, where he is now a senior advisor, according to Health Plan Week

From HEALTH PLAN WEEK — "Gingrich: Republicans Will Be Cautious in ACA Replacement"


Today's Datapoint

$22.56 ... is the average in-network copay for primary care provider visits among PPO plans. For HMOs, the average copay is $24.20.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

InMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. appointed Jeff Charpentier chief financial officer and corporate secretary. He previously served as CFO for Lifebank Corp., Inex Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Chromos Molecular Systems Inc….Paul E. Jarris, M.D., senior vice president, maternal and child health program impact at the March of Dimes, was promoted to chief medical officer….ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. appointed Anthony Gringeri, Ph.D., CEO and a member of the board of directors. Gringeri has served as senior vice president of strategic resources since 2013.


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