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    • April 22, 2015 – Almost 70 percent of the U.S. population now lives in communities served by accountable care organizations (ACOs), which were created by Obamacare to provided Medicare patients with better coordinated and higher quality health care. A new analysis also shows that 44 percent live in areas served by two or more ACOs.
    • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Blue announced today that it has earned a Brand Excellence Award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The annual awards honor Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies that excel in developing and enhancing the overall BCBS Brand image
    • Benchmark Monitor, April 20, 2015

      Among the list of apps for Apple Watch, one is from Chicago-based health insurer, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). The health app by HCSC can measures physical activity and stress levels and it also advises the users through meditation exercises.
    • April 14, 2015 , FierceHealthPayer
      Looking to bring its consumer-focused business into the $15 billion convenient care market, UnitedHealth's Optum unit has purchased MedExpress, a national retail clinic chain with 140 locations across 11 states, for an undisclosed amount, reported Healthcare Finance.
    • CHICAGO, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the country's largest customer owned health insurer, has updated its popular Centered App with support for Apple Watch.
    • March 31, 2015
      UnitedHealth Group’s announcement that its free-standing pharmacy care services business, OptumRx, will merge with Catamaran Corp., the fourth largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in the U.S., makes sense, according to industry experts.
    • CHICAGO, April 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), partnering with more than 100 community organizations, last year doubled the number of children reached through its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative, improving the health and wellness of more than 6.3 million children in the communities it serves
    • LifeHealthPro, April 01, 2015
      Health insurers have increased the number of private Medicare plan enrollees they cover in the past year, in spite of complaints about changes in the way the government pays insurers.
    •, March 28, 2015
      With billions of dollars in reserve, nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California is facing new pressure to offer better prices for its policies.
    • 3/26/2015 by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
      The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released information about a new accountable care organization (“ACO”) model, called the Next Generation ACO. According to CMS, “the Next Generation ACO Model offers a new opportunity in accountable care – one that sets more predictable financial targets, enables providers and beneficiaries greater opportunities to coordinate care, and aims to attract the highest quality of care.”
    •, March 21, 2015
      New analysis from Avalere finds that the proportion of Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries enrolled in plans with 4 or more stars climbed from 38% in 2014 to 60% in 2015
    • Akron Beacon Journal, March 20, 2015
      When the temperatures recently plunged below zero and Gloria Arnold couldn’t safely get out for a needed blood test, a nurse came to her Suffield Township home.

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