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August 24, 2017

Today's Featured Story

Stakeholders Urge Action on SNP Permanency, Enhanced Integration

As lawmakers break this month from contemplating the future of the Affordable Care Act, Congress has another pressing health care issue to address: the permanency (or lack thereof) of Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans (SNPs). At the same time the Senate was heatedly debating repeal-and-replace scenarios, a subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on July 26 held a hearing to examine the extension of SNP authorization and ways to improve integration and coordination of care for dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. Experts interviewed by the panel expressed support for extending the plans, but also urged Congress to permanently authorize all SNP types and offered suggestions for additional enhancements to the program... Read Full Story


Today's AIS Health Datapoint

$18.89 ... is the average copay for a primary care physician visit for members enrolled in one of UnitedHealthcare’s individual exchange silver plans in 2017.



People on the Move

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina appointed Patrick Conway, M.D., president and CEO. He now is deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality at CMS and director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Current President and CEO Brad Wilson, who is retiring, will remain with the company during the transition….Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield promoted Amadou Yattassaye to president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri. Yattassaye joined Anthem in 2011 as vice president, audit/ethics, serving as Anthem’s chief compliance officer. In 2013, he assumed the role of vice president and chief operating officer of Empire BlueCross BlueShield….Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota named Kurt C. Small senior vice president and president of government markets. He most recently was chief operating officer at Virginia Premier Health Plan.

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