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January 18, 2017

Headlines in the News

UnitedHealth profit jumps 60%; 2017 could be a $200 billion year
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jan. 17, 2017

UnitedHealth CEO sees path to keep insurance for newly covered
Reuters, Jan. 17, 2017

Aetna: Government Creates ‘Imaginary World’ To Make Case
Hartford Courant, Jan. 14, 2017

From the AIS Blogs

Industry Experts Sound Off on Year Ahead for Drug Prices, Medicare, Medicaid

Each year the editors of AIS Health interview dozens of industry experts to come up with predictions on what the next 12 months will look like for the insurers and other health care stakeholders that read our newsletters. But this year’s “Outlook” poll was daunting for sources and writers alike thanks to an incoming administration and a Republican-led Congress that has vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), yet reportedly can’t agree on how or when that should happen. And with the Jan. 20 inauguration still weeks away from our deadlines, there was little concrete information to go on.... Read more

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

2.8 million ... members are served by the top 10 Medicaid plans, representing 5.65% of the total Medicaid managed care market.


  AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2016 is available for immediate delivery

Quote of the Day

Some home infusion pharmacies “just took a hit” from the 21st Century Cures Act which changed the way that certain Medicare Part B infusion therapies are reimbursed. “If you’re a big player, you may have had millions pulled from your bottom line.”

— Reg Blackburn, managing director at The Braff Group, tells Specialty Pharmacy News.

Click here to read the SPECIALTY PHARMACY NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "Medicare Part B DME Infused Drugs Just Took Reimbursement Hit From Cures Act" (Free for SPN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)

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