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March 2, 2015

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From Health Plan Week - Health insurers are not exactly doing cartwheels over the draft 2016 Medicare Advantage (MA) payment-rate notice released by CMS on Feb. 20 since it does propose to reduce reimbursement by 0.95%. But it could have been worse and the agency says with customary coding improvements, plans could actually come out slightly ahead next year. Still, both Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. warned investors that they expect the impact of the proposed MA payment rate declines to be slightly worse than what the feds forecast. Read more

Selling policies in the individual market was once a minor part of… Read more

Flu activity remains high into early February, but the impact has been… Read more

March 4 is the date the Supreme Court has scheduled for oral… Read more

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March 4, 2015
Humana, Integrated Health Network Ink ACO Deal

Humana announced an accountable care agreement with Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin. http://tinyurl.com/ncn4jne

March 4, 2015
SCOTUS Hotly Divided in King v. Burwell

‎SCOTUS‬ liberals hammered away at the ‪ACA‬ challengers in the ‪‎first day of oral arguments in King v. Burwell‬. http://tinyurl.com/q52d6s6

March 3, 2015
BCBSM Posts 1% Margin on $23B in 2014 Revenue

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan posted a 1% margin on $23 billion in revenue for 2014. http://tinyurl.com/nz67dyz

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