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December 18, 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From Medicare Advantage News - There were few surprises and only one brand-new measure — but some important potential changes — outlined in CMS’s Nov. 21 memo on proposed “enhancements” to its Medicare plan star quality ratings for 2016 and beyond. This year’s 22-page edition of what has become an annual document makes clear, for instance, that CMS intends finally to end use of predetermined four-star “thresholds” effective with the 2016 ratings. Read more

As the 2015 Annual Election Period (AEP) for Medicare Advantage and stand-alone… Read more

Just when it looked as if WellCare Health Plans, Inc. finally had… Read more

Just how difficult it is to have a smooth launch of a… Read more

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December 18, 2014
Documents Related to Planned Liquidation of Florida Healthcare Plus

To view the Dec. 10, 2014, court order and related documentation for the receiver appointment and liquidation of Florida Healthcare Plus, Inc., click here

December 8, 2014
SNP Alliance Co-Founder Loses Battle to Cancer

Valerie Wilbur, co-chair of prominent special needs plan group SNP Alliance, passed away from cancer at the age of 59 on Friday. http://tinyurl.com/mhc3mwq

December 4, 2014
CMS Actuary's Preview of Data Used in 2016 MA Plan Payment Rates

To view the CMS Office of the Actuary's Dec. 2, 2014, memo previewing data that will be used in determining Medicare Advantage plan payment rates for 2016, click here

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