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Managed Healthcare Executive eNews

Managed Healthcare Executive eNews


December 15, 2011


Nonprofit Health Plans Provide Better Quality

Most top-quality health plans in the U.S. are offered by nonprofit organizations, says Bruce McPherson, president and CEO of Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care. He bases that claim on 2011 rankings recently released by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). » More


Combatting Cancer and Malnourishment

Cancer drives healthcare costs — to the tune of $124 billion on cancer drugs in 2010 alone — according to Medco, a pharmacy benefit manager. But nutritional counseling of cancer patients is often ignored, even though by some estimates most cancer patients will develop clinical malnutrition. » 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 .


Covering Obesity Counseling

Nearly a third of the Medicare population is obese, which leads to more serious health problems that are expensive to treat. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have decided to cover obesity screening and counseling as a preventative measure, but are primary care physicians equipped to provide such services? » More


BCBSNC Invests in Prime Therapeutics

Prime Therapeutics (Prime) will administer pharmacy benefits for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) commercial customers staring in April next year. The companies say the move will result in lower pharmacy costs for BCBSNC customers and more flexibility regarding services and programs. » More


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