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November 17, 2016

This week's topics: Health Insurance ExchangesHealth Plan BusinessLegal/Regulatory IssuesProvider ContractingValue-Based Care

Health Insurance Exchanges

Judge allows Anthem to continue sales of stripped-down insurance policies
Los Angeles Times, Nov. 15, 2016
A judge declined to issue a restraining order that would have kept Anthem Blue Cross from moving 500,000 enrollees to plans with no out-of-network coverage.

EIRMC to change to out-of-network provider under Blue Cross through Your Health Idaho
KIDK 3, Nov. 15, 2016
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center will be an out-of-network provider for Blue Cross of Idaho’s exchange plans for the 2017 benefit year.

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Health Plan Business

Insurer WellCare Health to buy Universal American for $600 million
Reuters, Nov. 17, 2016
Well Care Health Plans said it would buy Universal American in a deal slated to close in the second quarter of 2017.

Kaiser income soars in Q3 but not every health insurer made money
Portland Business Journal, Nov. 17, 2016
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in Oregon posted $51 million in third-quarter net income.

WellCare Offers Behavioral Health Care via Online Programs to Increase Access, Convenience and Engagement for Florida Members
Company press release, Nov. 17, 2016
WellCare of Florida, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., is offering its Medicare Advantage and Staywell Medicaid members free behavioral health care services via online cognitive-based therapy programs to address common behavioral health conditions.

Clayton approves tax abatements for Centene expansion plan
KPLR St. Louis, Nov. 16, 2016
The Clayton, Mo., Board of Alderman agreed to grant Centene Corp. a 40% tax break on future property taxes as the insurer moves closer to building a new office complex in the town.

Oscar — The Health Care Startup — Continues To Lose Millions
Kaiser Health News, Nov. 16, 2016
Oscar Insurance Corp. has lost $45 million in the third quarter of 2016 on operations in California, New York and Texas.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii reports on its third quarter
Pacific Business News, Nov. 15, 2016
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii reported “solid [results] for the third quarter,” according to Thomas Risse, the insurer’s chief financial officer.

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12 PBM Contracting Pitfalls Health Plans Should Avoid

Legal/Regulatory Issues

Khang & Khang LLP Announces Securities Class Action Lawsuit against Centene Corp. and Encourages Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm
Company press release, Nov. 15, 2016
Khang & Khang LLP filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Centene Corporation on behalf of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired shares between April 26 and Sept. 6, 2016.

GAO greenlights $58 billion in DoD TRICARE awards, denying nine industry protests
Federal News Radio, Nov. 15, 2016
GAO denied protests filed by WellPoint, UnitedHealth Military and Veterans, and Health Net.

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Health Insurance Exchange Database

Provider Contracting

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health Announce New Agreement
Company press release, Nov. 17, 2016
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Baylor Scott & White Health announced a new four-year network access agreement.

Health Care Concerns Raised After Blue Cross Blue Shield Cuts Off Minn. Clinics
ABC Eyewitness News, Nov. 16, 2016
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota terminated its contract with Integrity Health Network, the provider says.

Contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fairview may expire
Fox 9, Nov. 15, 2016
Warnings that the contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Fairview Health Services could expire at the end of the year has raised concerns among some enrollees.

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AIS’s Medicare and Medicaid Market Data: 2016

Value-Based Care

HealthCare Partners Saves $1.6 million in Anthem Blue Cross Enhanced Personal Health Care Program
Company press release, Nov. 17, 2016
HealthCare Partners said it achieved $1.6 million in savings from participation in the Enhanced Personal Health Care program, a commercial ACO formed by Anthem Blue Cross.

Cigna, Northwest Indiana’s Community Healthcare System Form New Collaborative Care Relationship
Company press release, Nov. 16, 2016
Cigna has entered into a collaborative care relationship with Northwest Indiana’s Community Healthcare System.

CharterCARE and UnitedHealthcare to Improve Medicaid Patients' Health and Health Care in Rhode Island
Company press release, Nov. 16, 2016
CharterCARE Health Partners, CharterCARE Provider Group RI, LLC, and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island have launched a Medicaid ACO program.

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