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August 9, 2017

Headlines in the News

Facing Trump Subsidy Cuts, Health Insurance Officials Seek A Backup Plan
New York Times, Aug. 7, 2017

Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option
Georgia Health News, Aug. 7, 2017

Why A Pennsylvania Insurer’s Collapse Could Whack Californians In the Wallet
California Healthline, Aug. 7, 2017

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

8.37% ... is the percentage by which enrollment in Special Needs Plans (SNPs) grew from June 2016 to June 2017, as care coordination becomes increasingly popular for managing vulnerable populations. Currently, 2,402,714 people are enrolled in Chronic Condition, Institutional and Dual Eligible SNPs.


AIS’s Medicare and Medicaid Market Data: Enrollment, Premium Rates, Benefit Designs and Strategies of Medicare and Medicaid Plans

Quote of the Day

“It was like the wild west out there. There wasn’t any objective way to determine how short the plan of care should be for the patient. Could patients really benefit from another two weeks of therapy? [We thought] it would be so much better if they could back that up with objective information as well.”

— Gregory Gadbois, M.D., medical director for network innovation and education at Priority Health, speaking at a session of the 13th Annual Government Health Care Congress, held July 18 and 19 in Tysons, Va.

Click here to read the MEDICARE ADVANTAGE NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "Priority Health’s Post-Acute Strategy Led To Shorter SNF Stays, Fewer Readmits" (Free for MAN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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