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October 12, 2017
Today's Featured Story
 
CMS Takes Close Look at Encounter Data to Pinpoint Weak Spots
 
As the volume of encounter data collected by CMS grows — reaching an anticipated 775 million records for 2017 — the agency is working to ensure that data are accurate and complete through analysis, communications with Medicare Advantage organizations (MAOs) and other efforts that it will continue to refine, officials attested during a session of the CMS Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Fall Conference...  Read Full Story
 
 
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Today's AIS Health Datapoint
 
10,983 ... is the number of lives now up for grabs in Oregon as a result of Premera, Inc. subsidiary LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon's departure from the state. The company left the individual market at the end of 2016, but still had some group members enrolled through September.
 

People on the Move
 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona named Pam Kehaly president and CEO. She previously was president of Anthem, Inc.’s West Region. Kehaly succeeds former President and CEO Richard Boals, who retired in July 2017….CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield President and CEO Chet Burrell said he will retire in mid-2018 after 11 years at the helm. The insurer said it is launching a search for his replacement….Sentara Health named Dennis Matheis president and CEO of its health insurance unit Optima Health and senior corporate vice president of Sentara Healthcare. Matheis succeeds Michael Dudley, who will retire Dec. 31, 2017. Matheis served at Anthem for the past 13 years, most recently as president of Anthem’s Central Region and Exchanges and integration leader for Anthem’s proposed acquisition by Cigna Corp., which was called off earlier this year.

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