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MANAGED CARE July 2011. ©MediMedia USA

About 1 in 6 Americans report paying more than 10 percent of their total family income for health insurance premiums, says the latest report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Of those with employer-sponsored insurance, 16 percent spend 10 percent or more of their income on premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Of those with public insurance, 16 percent spend 10 percent or more of their income on out-of-pocket expenses (and 84 percent do not).… Advising adult patients to get vaccinated for the flu, especially during the 2009–2010 pandemic, would seem to make a lot of sense. But a study in Preventive Medicine suggests that 64 percent of adults did not receive any provider-issued influenza vaccination recommendation. Adults who were advised to get vaccinated were 14.1 to 32.1 percentage points more likely to get vaccinated than adults who did not receive a recommendation…. A merger between Medco and Sanofi will help the French drug manufacturer navigate the American payer and regulatory landscape. Sanofi’s research and development will benefit from the merger, gaining a perspective on the views of health insurers and governments that are seeking evidence of a drug’s demonstrated benefits before paying for it. Sanofi will benefit from Medco’s voluminous claims data, which it collects by providing pharmacy benefits to millions. Medco will be a consultant to the drugmaker on comparative studies for both experimental and approved drugs.

Meetings

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
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
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL 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