From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - It’s been 10 months since state and federal insurance exchanges sputtered to life. While most of the major problems have been addressed — and 8 million people found coverage through the new marketplaces by the end of the enrollment period — industry observers aren’t confident the kinks have been permanently smoothed out. And a recent proposal to automatically re-enroll consumers who found coverage through HealthCare.gov could add another layer of complexity for consumers and carriers. Read more
From ACO Business News - Antitrust laws treat collaborations among health care providers — including accountable care organizations — differently from the way they treat price-fixing schemes. But that doesn’t mean ACOs will never merit scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, FTC Bureau of Competition Director Deborah Feinstein says. To date, the FTC hasn’t opposed the formation of an ACO, Feinstein told attendees at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by… Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - In the July 3 issue of HEX, we profiled several health plans that have launched a proprietary private insurance exchange (HEX 7/3/14, p. 3). For this issue, we zero in on Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Along with dominating the government-run public health insurance exchanges, a majority of Blues plans have launched their own private exchange. Read more
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