UnitedHealthcare Introduces Pharmacy Saver For Medicare Plan Members

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 26 Nov 2010 – 1:00 PST

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UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, announced a new program that will enable enrollees in the company’s market-leading Medicare plans to save money on hundreds of prescription medications in 2011. This new program applies to the company’s Medicare Part D members in 2011, including most of those who receive their prescription drug benefits in conjunction with a Medicare Advantage plan from UnitedHealthcare, such as AARP® MedicareComplete.

Today’s OpEds: Medical Students Say Don’t Repeal; ‘ObamaCare’ Waivers; The Medical Loss Ratio; Medicare ‘Doc Fix’

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Also Included In: Medical Students / Training;  Primary Care / General Practice;  Health Insurance / Medical Insurance
Article Date: 26 Nov 2010 – 2:00 PST

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Health Care’s Dilemma: Competition Or Collaboration? The Washington Post
Here’s the dilemma: The only way for the health-care industry to move toward accountable care is to further accelerate a process of consolidation that has already reduced competition and increased market power. … In such a market, government may be required to step in with more direct regulation and competition management than traditional antitrust rules now provide (Steven Pearlstein, 11/23).

Public Health: Frequency Of Dialysis Treatment Questioned, Chemotherapy Drug Shortages

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Urology / Nephrology;  Diabetes;  Public Health
Article Date: 26 Nov 2010 – 2:00 PST

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News outlets report on a variety of public health issues.

RACGP: More Consultation Needed On Medicare Locals, Australia

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Article Date: 26 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has provided a submission to Department of Health and Ageing about the proposed Medicare Locals health reforms.

The planned introduction of the national network of primary healthcare organisations, known as Medicare Locals, is supported in principle by the College, and the College believes primary healthcare organisations are an important component of national health reform. Nevertheless, the College has concerns about some aspects of Medicare Locals and would like to see further detail from the government regarding their implementation.

UCare Uses Cloud Computing Solutions From IkaSystems To Simplify Medicare Enrollment And Reconciliation, Reign In Administrative Costs

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Also Included In: IT / Internet / E-mail
Article Date: 26 Nov 2010 – 4:00 PST

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UCare, the fourth largest health plan in Minnesota, has gone live with solutions from ikaSystems designed to improve interactions with Medicare Advantage enrollees while supporting the plan’s administrative cost reduction and compliance goals. ikaSystems, a premier provider of enterprise-level cloud computing solutions for health insurance plans, is helping UCare both ease the complexity of Medicare Advantage enrollment and reconciliation processes and supply prospective members with a robust enrollment experience via the Internet.

Medicaid: Texas GOP Activists Push To Drop The Program; Fla. Nurse Practitioners Vy For Larger Role

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Also Included In: Nursing / Midwifery;  Primary Care / General Practice
Article Date: 25 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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N.J. Assembly Passes Bills To Fund Family Planning Clinics, Expand Medicaid Eligibility

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Also Included In: Sexual Health / STDs;  Women’s Health / Gynecology
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 1:00 PST

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The New Jersey Assembly on Monday passed two bills that would restore funding to family planning clinics and expand eligibility for Medicaid coverage of family planning services, the Asbury Park Press reports. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration in early December.

Health Spending Proposals, Health Law Repeal Divide Lawmakers

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Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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Encouraged Under Health Law, Plans Drawn For Accountable Care Organizations

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Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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NCPA Statement On Avalere Health Study Details Need For More Careful Selection Of Medicare Part D Plans By Enrollees

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Also Included In: Pharmacy / Pharmacist
Article Date: 24 Nov 2010 – 3:00 PST

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National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Executive Vice President and CEO Kathleen Jaeger issued the following statemen in response to the Avalere Health study analyzing how the formulary and cost-sharing benefits changes made by various Medicare Part D prescription drug plans affect seniors: