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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.

Career Opportunities

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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