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May 2016

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From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - UnitedHealth Group’s April 19 announcement that it intends to exit all but “a handful” of public insurance exchanges for 2017 could be an enrollment opportunity for Blues plans, according to equities analysts and ratings firms contacted by The AIS Report. But the continued volatility of the exchange population is causing some Blues plans to take a closer look at their markets. For the 2016 plan year, nearly 800,000 people signed up for a health plan sold by UnitedHealth through an exchange (see table, p. 9). A.M. Best Co. Read more

Since Jan. 1, Medicare has been reimbursing physicians and other providers $86… Read more

Underpriced insurance exchange products, low reimbursement for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and… Read more

Mia Finkelston, M.D., a primary care physician in rural Maryland, works out… Read more

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May 18, 2016
Anthem Unveils Innovation Studio in Atlanta

Anthem is opening a new 6,500 sq. ft. "Innovation Studio" in Atlanta to leverage new ideas in tech and health care.

May 18, 2016
New Mexico Blues Returns to State Exchange

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico is staging a return to the state's individual exchange after dropping out last year when regulators rejected a requested 52% rate hike.

May 18, 2016
Highmark Sues for $223M Risk Corridor Payout

Highmark Health is suing the U.S. government over the $223 million it says it was promised through the ACA risk corridors program.

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