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April 6, 2017

Today's Featured Story    

MedPAC Report Suggests Balancing of Star Ratings, Plan Payments
Reprinted from MEDICARE ADVANTAGE NEWS

The latest report to Congress from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), issued March 15, includes several recommendations that could lead to payment adjustments for Medicare Advantage plans, including a possible 1% bump on average if CMS were to exclude Part A-only beneficiaries from its benchmark formula. But what’s caught the attention of some industry experts is the commission’s advice on star quality ratings that would essentially even the playing field among plan sponsors and further CMS’s goal of helping seniors make informed choices..... Read Full Story

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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

$609,338 ... is the compensation for Blue Cross Blue Shield plans' highest-paid board member in 2015. The amount went to a board member at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

From THE AIS GUIDE TO BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)

 

People on the Move

James Parker was named chief executive officer of MDwise, an Indianapolis Medicaid insurer that is 50% owned by Indiana University Health. Parker had been serving as interim CEO of MDwise and he was president of IU Health Plans. Mark Lantzy, senior vice president and chief information officer of IU Health, has taken on the additional responsibility of president of IU Health Plans. Lantzy joined IU Health one year ago after serving as chief operations officer and chief information officer at a Pennsylvania health insurance company….Kaiser Permanente Colorado appointed Kathy Westcoat senior director of Medicaid and Charitable Programs. She previously was CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore in Baltimore.

 

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