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  1. How payers stack up on investing in employees

    Payers are leading the way in the healthcare industry for investing in their workers. 
  2. BCBS Texas names divisional SVP of sales, marketing

    BCBS Texas has named has named Jessica Quick as divisional senior vice president for sales and marketing.
  3. New York City can't charge retirees copays, judge rules, as Medicare Advantage fight drags on

    A judge has ruled New York City cannot charge its retirees $15 copays for physician visits, the New York Daily News reported Jan. 11. 

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  1. Highmark Blue Shield expanding to southeastern Pennsylvania, segment president named

    Highmark Blue Shield has named Dan Tropeano its first southeastern Pennsylvania segment president as the company looks to expand its service area to new parts of the state, including Philadelphia, in 2024.
  2. Why 'Obamacare' is hugely popular in South Florida

    In South Florida, ACA plans retain outsized popularity, the New York Times reported Jan. 11. 
  3. 10 providers seeking payer contracting talent

    Ten providers — including Scripps Health  and Rush University Hospital — recently posted job listings seeking leaders in payer contracting and relations.
  4. Medicare Advantage outperforms traditional with diabetes outcomes, study finds

    Medicare Advantage patients may receive high-quality and more effective diabetes care compared to fee-for-service (FFS) enrollees, according to a new study from Avalere Health and the Better Medicare Alliance, a pro-MA advocacy group.

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  1. Where 6 payers are spending their investment dollars

    From CVS to Kaiser Permanente, this is where six payers have put their investment dollars since Nov. 1:
  2. Payers top rankings for corporate citizenship in healthcare

    Payers took four of the top five healthcare industry spots in a ranking of America's "most just" companies. 
  3. CMS lays out timeline for Medicare drug negotiation provision

    Though negotiated prices won't appear until 2026, CMS is starting to implement the first-ever negotiated prices for drugs paid for by Medicare. 
  4. Retiring Centene executive appointed to Sharecare board

    Former Centene President and COO Brent Layton has been appointed to Sharecare's board of directors and audit committee, according to a Jan. 11 news release from the digital health company. 

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  1. Cigna in the headlines: 6 recent updates

    Cigna has struck several new contracts with health systems in recent weeks. Here are six updates about the Bloomfield, Conn.-based payer Becker's has covered since Dec. 12. 
  2. Home health program reduced readmissions by 45%, says Independent Health

    An in-home care program helped Independent Health reduce preventable hospital admissions, readmissions and emergency room visits, The Buffalo News reported Jan. 11. 
  3. BCBS Louisiana taps senior vice president

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana named Lou Patalano vice president and chief legal officer. 
  4. UnitedHealthcare names president of individual, family plan markets

    UnitedHealthcare named Marcus Robinson as president of markets for individual and family plans Jan. 10.
  5. HHS extends COVID-19 public health emergency to April 

    HHS has extended the COVID-19 public health emergency until April 11.
  6. CVS 'disappointed' in Medicare Advantage enrollment, plans to increase star rating

    CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch said the company is "disappointed" in its recent Medicare Advantage open enrollment numbers. 
  7. ACA enrollments up 13 percent

    Enrollments in ACA exchange plans are up 13 percent from this time last year. 
  8. Vanderbilt Health dropping Humana, Wellcare Medicare Advantage plans

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced it will drop Humana and Wellcare of Tennessee Medicare Advantage plans effective April 1, NBC affiliate WSMV reported Jan. 10. 
  9. 9 ongoing payer-provider contract disputes and recent splits

    Some payers and health systems have split in recent weeks, unable to meet year-end contract deadlines. Others are facing looming deadlines to reach agreements without disrupting patient care. Here are nine ongoing contract disputes and failed negotiations, as of Jan. 10. 

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