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November 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans nationwide are reshuffling their Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D offerings for 2015 to include more value-based networks and some additional cost sharing as they work to cope with reduced federal reimbursement to MA plans. Some carriers — WellPoint Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina among them — are getting out of underperforming MA markets. Others, such as Highmark Inc., are building narrow-network products designed to lure cost-conscious Medicare consumers (see story, p. 6). Read more

Near the end of last year’s open-enrollment period, a man clad in… Read more

Through a unique partnership between Anthem Blue Cross and seven prestigious California… Read more

Premiums for nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans increased more than… Read more

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October 21, 2014
Horizon Starts EOC Breast Cancer Program

Horizon and Regional Cancer Care Associates launched an episode of care program for breast cancer patients Oct. 1 http://tinyurl.com/m746n8k

October 15, 2014
BCBSIL Launches Medical Home Program for Crohn's

BCBSIL launches specialty intensive medical home program for Crohn’s disease. http://tinyurl.com/plpurn3

October 7, 2014
Virginia Chamber of Commerce Launches Private Exchange with Anthem, United, Optima

Virginia Chamber of Commerce launches private exchange with Anthem, United, Optima. http://tinyurl.com/odh3nrf

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