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February 8, 2017

Headlines in the News

Trump: Obamacare Replacement Might Take a Year
Politico, Feb. 5, 2017 Suffers First Enrollment Decline as GOP Works to Kill the ACA
Washington Post, Feb. 3, 2017

Connecticut Concerned Aetna Looking at Move to Massachusetts
Sun Chronicle, Feb. 6, 2017

American Well

From the AIS Blogs

For 2018, CMS Favors Status Quo in Ho-Hum ‘60-Day’ Notice/Draft Call Letter

Fulfilling a new statutory requirement, CMS on Feb. 1 released its annual Advance Notice and draft Call Letter for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans 60 days prior to the final notice — about two weeks earlier than usual. This theoretically gives plans more time to prepare bids due in June, especially in light of any surprises. But a preliminary scan of the 159-page document identified several areas where CMS is proposing to maintain the status quo and not make any major changes.... Read more

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

29% ... of bronze-level plans offered on individual public exchanges for 2017 allow specialist physician visits with no out-of-pocket costs to members.


Quote of the Day

“It’s a significant, but often underemphasized problem for carriers. It’s the supply chain for a health plan, and if you mess it up, you are in deep trouble.”

— Robert Booz, director of Healthcare IT & Initiatives at the University of Connecticut School of Business, tells Health Plan Week about insurers’ struggles with provider data management.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this quote appeared — "Streamlining Provider Data Management Could Save Billions…but Is It Possible?" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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