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Managed Healthcare Executive eNews

Managed Healthcare Executive eNews


October 14, 2011


Premium Increases Quadruple Wage Increases

Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased to $15,073 this year, up 9% from last year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust 2011 Employer Health Benefits Survey. On average, workers pay $4,129 and employers pay $10,944 toward those annual premiums. » More

Shed Pounds, Shed $35 Billion

A 10% weight loss in patients age 60 to 64 may be able to provide Medicare savings of $8 billion over 10 years and $35 billion over their lifetime. What are payers doing about it? » More


Resource Center: Oral Anticoagulation in Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation afflicts more than 2.3 million persons in the United States and is expected to increase 2.5-fold by 2050. To find risk stratifying tools and articles on emerging oral anticoagulant therapies, click here .

HAP Acquires Medicaid Access

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) will acquire Midwest Health Plan (MHP), a for-profit Medicaid HMO with 74,000 members based in Dearborn, MI. » More

CIGNA Acquires UK Foothold

Cigna will acquire FirstAssist Insurance Services, a travel and protection insurance company based in the United Kingdom, from Barclays Private Equity. » More

Insurers Turn Over Data

Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and the UnitedHeath Group will provide data for more than 5 billion medical claims to the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to offer new insights into healthcare costs, utilization, and intensity. » More

BCBSNC to Cover EHR Costs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will cover 85% of the EHR software and setup costs for 600 physicians in eligible independent practices and 100% of the costs for 39 eligible free clinics over the next five years. » More



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