From Health Plan Week - Larry Schreiber, CEO of Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company — the new 50-50 joint venture operated by Anthem, Inc. unit Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Aurora Health Care — tells HPW the company is a lot like Anthem’s Southern California Vivity partnership with providers (HPW 2/9/15, p. 1). But with some twists. Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - Since Jan. 1, Medicare has been reimbursing physicians and other providers $86 to discuss end-of-life care with their patients during office visits. Topics include hospice, living wills and do-not-resuscitate orders. In response, several Blues plans have expanded their palliative care coverage to include such conversations. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, for example, already paid medical providers for palliative care services, but in December added payment for behavioral health providers. Read more
From Health Plan Week - New York City-based EmblemHealth, Inc. CEO Karen Ignagni told employees in a video on April 19 that to modernize IT and operations systems the insurer must lay off 250 workers, or 8% of its workforce, as it shifts such functions to TriZetto, a Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. company. Read more
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