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October 20, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Health Plan Week - UnitedHealth Group’s third-quarter 2014 earnings released on Oct. 16 cleanly beat the expectations of financial analysts as the insurer upped guidance for the full year based on its ability to keep medical loss ratios (MLRs) and medical utilization in check and generate stellar results from its Optum unit. But the real issue that has financial analysts scratching their heads is whether the insurance bellwether’s moderate utilization trend will be matched by other major carriers over the next few weeks. Read more

Medicare Advantage (MA) and stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) star ratings are… Read more

Despite protestations from the medical device industry that new payment models are… Read more

Health insurance agents and brokers are expecting the second open-enrollment season for… Read more

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October 21, 2014
Senator May Hold Hearing on Hep C Drug Prices, Effect on VA

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) may hold hearing on how costs for new hep C drugs are impacting the VA; department spokesperson says more than 5,300 veterans have been treated with Sovaldi. http://tinyurl.com/m9w2v9h

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 21, 2014
Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Corporate Sponsorship?

Brian Klepper writes on research from the National Business Coalition on Health. http://tinyurl.com/lkz44ym

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