Headlines On Deadline ...

The Wall Street Journal reports on a "little-known power shift" that HMO executives have, in fact, known about (and acted on --see our cover story) since the late 1990s. It seems that hospitals, through mergers and acquisitions, are in prime position to demand higher prices from insurers. Hospitals, claiming to have lost about $76 billion in federal funds thanks to reduced Medicare reimbursement rates since 1997, say they need the money.... Few are neutral about the budget-neutral language in the Bush administration's budget. Democrats are irked that the plan wants any increases in Medicare physician payments to be offset by decreases to other health care providers.... The once-common practice of reunderwriting is making a quiet comeback, according to the Wall Street Journal. One insurer, American Medical Security Group, improved its financial performance after it began to review the health of its individual policyholders annually.

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HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

Apply via email to jfedder1@hfhs.org or online at http://p.rfer.us/HENRYFORDlXqAJA

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