Blue Shield of California opens its first retail location and joins a handful of health insurers across the country that have opened retail stores in recent years. The move is a response to changing market forces linked to a decline in employer-sponsored insurance benefits. >>>
Highmark, one of the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates, says physicians and hospitals in its Quality BLUE pay-for-performance initiatives consistently outperform providers who are not part of the program. The secret is “skin in the game” from hospitals. >>>
Vermont's bid for state-wide universal healthcare could double its healthcare costs by 2020—but that would still be less expensive than maintaining the current system of private insurance plans, says a report prepared by lawmakers. >>>
The Department of Health and Human Services' three proposed rules on health insurance exchanges don't give states adequate time to plan or enough flexibility and control to operate them, according to state governments and business groups. >>>
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