From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - The board of Maryland’s troubled insurance exchange on Jan. 27 approved moving forward with a pilot that will allow a private insurance exchange to enroll people in coverage offered through the public marketplace. While CMS has entered into agreements with more than 30 web-broker entities, Maryland would be the first state-run exchange to partner with a WBE. The next step will be a solicitation for interested parties, which it expects to do next month. Read more
From ACO Business News - Pharmaceutical companies are showing interest in sharing risk under partnerships with accountable care organizations, but it’s not clear exactly what drugmakers can bring to the table to help improve ACO quality and lower costs. That’s the word from a pharmacy industry representative, an ACO executive and a researcher who spoke late last year at the National Accountable Care Congress in Los Angeles, sponsored by Global Health Care, LLC. “As it relates to… Read more
From ACO Business News - Vermont is pushing full speed ahead on accountable care initiatives in both public and private health insurance markets as it experiments with cost-control measures to prepare for a shift to a single-payer system planned for just three years from now. The state is in the final stages of contracting with two ACOs — OneCare Vermont, an ACO formed as a collaboration of Fletcher Allen Health Care and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Community Health… Read more
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