Health Insurance Company Member Engagement Index: The EveryMove 100

There's a new index in town. Today's entrant is the EveryMove 100, a ranking of health plans across the US "based on how they engage with and empower consumers to manage their own health." according to the presser. (EveryMove is a health rewards based marketing and incentives company that provides opportunities to consumers to earn […]

Alternative Quality Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts: A model for ACOs?

Managed Care Magazine recently ran a story on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), which serves as a model for the ACO program under the Affordable Care Act. Check it out: Bay State Blues Combine Global Payment With Quality Metrics. The author of the piece, Joe Burns, contacted me as well […]

Angelina Jolie, BRCA1, Public Health and Patent Law

Going public with her story of a prophylactic double mastectomy after testing positive for BRCA1 (a gene linked to breast cancer) via an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie is clearly trying to get the message out that radical choices must sometimes be made in order to increase one's chances of survival, […]

Data Breach Analysis 2009-2012 – HITECH Experience Reviewed by HITRUST

In the first three years that the HITECH data breach notification rules have been in effect (September 2009 – September 2012), almost 500 breaches affecting more than 500 individuals have been reported.  As of this spring, over 57,000 data breaches affecting fewer than 500 individuals have been reported. HITRUST Analysis of U.S. Healthcare Breach Data […]

CO-OPs – The Stealth Public Option Under the ACA?

Last week, the Massachusetts CO-OP was approved by the federales under a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was key to the Act's passage, yet not widely known. The Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, known as the Minuteman Health Initiative, secured a startup loan as part of the approval, intended to cover operational expenses as well […]

Health Insurance Exchange Regulations and the Health Reform Challenge

The federal Health Insurance Exchange regulations were released in final form last week.  (See Timothy Jost’s prĂ©cis on the Health Affairs blog and HHS presser.)   I had the opportunity to hear Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine speak in Philadelphia about his state’s progress towards building an exchange the very next day (I was speaking later on the […]