From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - Sixteen years after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan first began collaborating with hospitals and physicians across the state on what are now 14 separate quality initiatives, the insurer is sponsoring a new effort exploring variations in episodes of care. Read more
From Health Plan Week - IRS’s decision to relax “use-it-or-lose-it” rules governing employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs) means health insurers and employers will now need to understand the timing issues for rollovers starting this year and how to handle employees with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) tied to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Starting in 2014, the health reform law caps FSAs at $2,500, which sources say triggered the IRS shift to permit employees to carry over… Read more
From Health Plan Week - Within the next few years, more health insurers are expected to build proprietary private exchanges featuring their own group and individual products as a type of “electronic storefront” to augment their existing strategies for participation in multicarrier and public exchanges, consultants say. There are more than a half-dozen single-carrier exchanges now, like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City’s marketplace that opened in 2010. The trend is developing as… Read more
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