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November 3, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Health Plan Week - As large employers extend and tweak wellness programs for 2015, health insurers are finding opportunities to take a greater role by assisting in the measurement of health promotion and incentive-based plan design outcomes, employee benefit consultants say. Increasingly, CFOs of major corporations are asking their internal human resource and benefits departments to show the results of incentive-based wellness programs. But in the area of building and creating new-style wellness programs, it is the slew of third-party vendors that rule the roost. Read more

Health insurers are turning to utilization management for complex genetic testing, with… Read more

UnitedHealth Group’s third-quarter 2014 earnings released on Oct. 16 cleanly beat the… Read more

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

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October 31, 2014
Cigna Claims Sales Will Double as FFS Medicine Disappears

Cigna says sales will double as fee-for-service medicine goes away. http://onforb.es/1sKox6F

October 31, 2014
BCBSNC Mistakenly Mails Out Incorrect Insurance Rates

BCBSNC mistakenly sends out inflated premium bills. http://tinyurl.com/ltycsjc

October 31, 2014
Clone of NEJM Study Links ACOs to Patient Experience

NEJM finds ACO incentive payments associated with enhanced patient experience. http://tinyurl.com/nhsln64

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