From ACO Business News - Premera Blue Cross is pushing forward with accountable care through a global outcomes contracting program that’s conceptually similar to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), a top health plan official says. The program now covers nearly 7% of the Blues plan’s membership, and the plan is seeking opportunities to expand it, says John Partin, a director on Premera’s health care delivery systems team. Read more
From AIS's Health Reform Week - While the big marketing push is expected later this summer, some states and private insurers, along with the federal government, already are launching consumer-awareness campaigns to promote the insurance exchanges that start in October. Colorado and a multistate Blues operator are among the players getting an early jump on finding and encouraging millions of uninsured individuals to seek coverage. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - May 3 was the application deadline for submitting applications to sell coverage through federally facilitated exchanges. A CMS spokesperson declined to tell HEX how carriers have people applied. Late last month, Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), estimated that 140 carriers had started the application process, according to a Politico blog. It’s unclear how CCIIO is counting those applicants. Read more
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