From Health Plan Week - In what is shaping up as a repeat from 2014, officials from Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia say even before final tallies are in, it is clear the insurer’s tiered network offerings in the individual markets, on and off exchange, are the most popular plans from among their coverage options for 2015. Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - In the ongoing dispute over data security in the health care sector, electronic health records (EHRs) have largely claimed the spotlight as hackers — both foreign and domestic — continue to troll for weak links in American cyberspace. But staff mistakes and old-fashioned thefts still account for the majority of breaches in both paper and digital format, a topic that has somewhat slipped from the conversation as privacy advocates focus instead… Read more
From Health Plan Week - Both HHS and commercial health insurers are trumpeting new initiatives to make performance- or value-based payment and care delivery the “norm” in the next three years. It’s out with fee-for-service (FFS), for the most part, and in with accountable care organizations (ACOs) and bundled payment models. For health insurers, this means the value-based payment and delivery model will have even more momentum behind it with the weight of the Medicare… Read more
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