From Health Plan Week - With 30% of its employees having chosen to enroll in direct contract accountable care plans that it first premiered in 2015 in the Seattle area, The Boeing Company on June 21 said it will now offer the option to 15,000 workers (37,000 total counting dependents and retirees) in Southern California starting Jan. 1, 2017, the first time the Golden State has seen such a health benefits model presented to group health members. Read more
From Health Plan Week - Now that the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) for allegedly anti-competitive contracting with health insurers (HPW 6/13/16, p. 7), industry stakeholders are assessing what widespread impact, if any, the action will have nationally in the provider-payer contracting universe. One leading lawyer in the space says it is too broad to say the actions by DOJ will cause contract reviews in every locale,… Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - While many Blues plans have suffered substantial financial losses on the public insurance exchanges (The AIS Report 5/16, p. 4), Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is touting record enrollment in the individual market. Between 2013 and 2016 membership in that segment ballooned from 120,000 enrollees to more than 220,000. HHS invited Horizon to highlight its experiences with HealthCare.gov during a full-day forum on June 9. Read more
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