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From Medicare Advantage News - Medicaid enrollees and states may experience some temporary turbulence when managed care organizations choose to leave a state, but a new study finds that plan exits do not create significant changes in market-level quality or self-reported patient experience. Read more

From Health Plan Week - Call it a civilized clash of the titans. In a two-person panel at America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) annual conference in Austin, Texas, on June 8, representatives of the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries went at it. Eric Schultz, president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Inc., was cordial but not happy. He told David Ricks, chairman, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Co., that pharmaceutical companies should reveal… Read more

From Health Plan Week - When touting future prospects and trying to inform large audiences about what sets them apart from rivals, many companies take the investor day route. Two major health insurers held such events recently, capitalizing on significant publicity of late to keep attention on their brands high. • On June 21, Cigna Corp., soon after the demise of Anthem Inc.’s bid to acquire it (HPW 6/5/17, p. 9), held its first investor day… Read more

From Medicare Advantage News - As part of an ongoing effort to regionalize Medicaid purchasing and provide Apple Health Medicaid beneficiaries with the full continuum of physical and behavioral health services through managed care by 2020, the Washington state Health Care Authority (HCA) has notified subsidiaries of Anthem, Inc., Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, Inc. of its intent to award Fully Integrated Managed Care (FIMC) contracts in the North Central Region. The new FIMC program… Read more

From Drug Benefit News - Cigna Corp. recently unveiled a partnership with CVS Health through which the health plan says it hopes to provide more value to its self-funded employer-sponsored health plans and their members. Industry experts maintain that the program likely will be of interest to employers, as it should help their members take more control of their own health care. Read more

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