Spotlight on Health Insurers
A weekly scan of actions taken by individual health plans

September 18, 2014

This week's topics: Accountable Care OrganizationsExchangesHealth Plan BusinessProvider Contracting

Accountable Care Organizations

Humana and Iora Health Partner to Launch Accountable Care Agreement in Arizona and Washington
Humana Press Release, Sept. 16, 2014
Humana and Iora Health have formed a new accountable care agreement and partnership in Arizona and Washington; Iora Health will open four new primary care practices – two in Phoenix and two in Seattle – solely for Humana’s Medicare Advantage members.

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Humana CEO: New Competition Curbs Obamacare Plan Prices
Reuters, Sept. 17, 2014
Humana CEO Bruce Broussard said in an interview that new competition between insurers offering plans on exchanges in 2015 is resulting in lower prices.

Joint Statement From MNsure and PreferredOne Regarding PreferredOne’s Decision to Not Offer Health Plans Through MNsure in 2015
MNsure Press Release, Sept. 16, 2014
PreferredOne will no longer offer its health plans through MNsure, Minnesota’s state-based exchange, in 2015.

Independence Blue Cross Launches New Private Exchange for Mid- and Large-Sized Employers
Independence Blue Cross, Sept. 16, 2014
Independence Blue Cross has launched a new private exchange marketplace that will offer medical, pharmacy, dental, and vision products to employers with more than 100 employees. Enrollment begins Oct. 1, 2014, for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Health Plan Business

New Anthem Blue Cross Plan Takes On Kaiser
Los Angeles Times, Sept. 16, 2014
Anthem Blue Cross of California is teaming up with Southern California providers, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA Health System, to create a new health plan option for employers; the plan’s first high-profile customer is the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

UCLA Physicians Available via LiveHealth Online Starting This Week
Anthem Press Release, Sept. 16, 2014
Anthem Blue Cross of California said that doctors from UCLA Health System will be available on its customers’ smartphones, tablets or laptops via LiveHealth Online.

Cigna Releases Company’s First Corporate Responsibility Report
Cigna Press Release, Sept. 16, 2014
Cigna released its 2013 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which describes the insurer’s U.S. operations.

Capital BlueCross to Open First Health and Wellness Store in the Harrisburg Region
Capital BlueCross Press Release, Sept. 16, 2014
Harrisburg, Pa.-based Capital BlueCross plans to open a health and wellness store in Hampden Township in spring 2015, the health insurer’s second retail location.

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From the AIS Blogs

What investment opportunities do you see for insurers in the venture capital world? Are they out of their league, or is there an opportunity to make money, please members and be on the cutting edge? Join the conversation at the AIS Blogs.

Provider Contracting

Highmark Leads on Procedure but Other Plans Slow to Follow
Managed Care, September 2014
While Highmark decided last month to stop covering power morcellation for laparoscopic hysterectomies, other insurers are leaving the decision to providers.

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