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MANAGED CARE October 2008. © MediMedia USA
News and Commentary

Headlines On Deadline . . .

MANAGED CARE October 2008. ©MediMedia USA

Eight managed care plans have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for their innovative programs aimed at improving health care for African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and other ethnic groups. The winners of the “Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Awards” were Aetna, Highmark, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Molina Healthcare of Michigan, UnitedHealthcare of New York, UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Solutions, Virginia Premier Health Plan, and WellPoint. . . . Fifteen pharmacy benefit managers have agreed to do business in a fully transparent manner, according to the HR Policy Association. To be considered, PBMs have to agree to meet the HR Policy Association Pharmaceutical Coalition’s standards, which provide employers with the most rigorous level of drug purchasing transparency available. . . . Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative got low marks from medical practice leaders, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The group’s members voiced their frustration with the initiative, citing the lack of data available for improving patient outcomes, the administrative burden of participating, the difficulty accessing and downloading the 2007 feedback reports, and delays in receiving the results, sometimes as long as 18 months after initial submission of data.

Meetings

2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
6th Semi-Annual Diagnostic Coverage and Reimbursement Conference Boston December 4–5, 2014
Customer Analytics & Engagement in Health Insurance Chicago December 4–5, 2014
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Clinical Quality Assurance Conference Alexandria, VA December 4–5, 2014
9th Semi-Annual Medical Device Coverage and Reimbursement Conference San Diego December 5, 2014
8th Annual Medical Device Clinical Trials Conference Chicago December 8–9, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015