Spotlight on Health Insurers
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January 22, 2015

Note: Spotlight on Health Insurers will not be published next week. The next issue will be sent on Feb. 5.

This week's topics: Accountable Care OrganizationsHealth Plan Business

Accountable Care Organizations

Cigna Announces 4 ACOs
Cigna press release, Jan. 20, 2015
Cigna Corp. formed four separate accountable care organizations with provider groups in California and south Florida.

BCBS Wisconsin Moves to Value-Based Contracts
Journal Sentinel, Jan. 18, 2015
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, a unit of Anthem, Inc., is shifting to a pay-for-quality model with providers.

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Medicare Star Ratings: Health Plan Strategies for Improving Quality Performance

Health Plan Business

Cost of Hip, Knee Replacement Varies Widely
Reuters, Jan. 21, 2015
A study by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association reveals surgeries can vary by as much as 313%, and extreme differences were even found among providers in the same area.

United Beats Street Estimates
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 21, 2015
UnitedHealth Group reported a 5.8% increase in earnings for its fourth quarter.

Aetna Medicare Members Can Switch Plans After Mistake
Bloomberg, Jan. 16, 2015
CMS instructed Aetna Inc. to allow its Medicare beneficiaries to switch plans following its distribution of misleading information regarding pharmacy benefits.

United Disallowed from Joining Calif.’s Exchange
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 15, 2015
The state of California rejected UnitedHealth Group’s bid to join its Covered California exchange, saying it would undercut insurers who opted in when it first debuted.

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