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May 18, 2017

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CMS Reports Show Disparities in Care by Ethnicity, Gender, Race

Two new reports examining the quality of care received by Medicare Advantage enrollees reveal several nuances in the patient experience as reported by ethnic/racial group and gender, as well as “sizable differences” in the quality of treatment for certain conditions among MA beneficiaries, such as black and white men with rheumatoid arthritis, observes CMS. Health plans are encouraged to use the new observations to examine their own data and find areas where they can make improvements in delivering care quality.... Read Full Story

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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

77.89% ... is the average coinsurance for in-network ER visits from bronze tier plans offered on Covered California, California state’s public health exchange. Of these plans, over two-thirds require 100% coinsurance.



People on the Move

BioScrip, Inc. named Stephen M. Deitsch senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, replacing Jeffrey Kreger, who stepped down from the positions. Deitsch previously was executive vice president, chief financial officer and corporate secretary at Coalfire, Inc.…Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. promoted Jennifer Cretu to senior vice president of pharma services and marketing for EnvoyHealth under Diplomat subsidiary Envoy Health Management, LLC. She previously was vice president of IT and marketing. Cretu will continue to oversee marketing, public relations and corporate communications for Diplomat….Demetrios Kouzoukas, former general counsel for the UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement division of UnitedHealth Group, was named principal deputy administrator and director with CMS’s Center for Medicare.


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