From Medicare Advantage News - The longstanding conflict between western Pennsylvania giants Highmark Inc. and UPMC erupted anew this month, with the battleground being a new Medicare Advantage product Highmark is introducing for 2015. Read more
From Medicare Advantage News - It was largely more of the same in the new National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) rankings of Medicare Advantage plans. Kaiser Permanente plans occupied the first three places, as they did a year ago (MAN 10/10/13, p. 3). And not a single PPO made it into the top 23 in the rankings, which were released last month and again were prepared in partnership with Consumer Reports magazine. But while… Read more
From Medicare Advantage News - The biggest news in the 2015 Medicare Advantage and stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) “landscape files” that CMS released Sept. 18 is what didn’t happen. Despite the substantial cuts in MA plan payments coming for the vast majority of sponsors next year, there aren’t many plan exits, and premium increases generally are fairly low. Even benefit reductions, which look to be the main channel for MA plan efforts to offset… Read more
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