Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Your Health Insurance Plan Company News Quick Read-
Who's making news today?  Here is HCBD-Who'sIT!
Executive Index
by Company
Andrew Baskin MD
Aetna Inc.
National Medical Director - Quality & Provider Performance Measurement
Michael Bailit MBA
Bailit Health Purchasing, LLC.
Mr. Tom O'Connor
Berkery Noyes
Managing Director
Mr. Mark Meunier
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)
Director of Government Programs
Steele Pendleton
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Senior Vice President
Robert Fortini
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Ms. Leeba Lessin
CareMore Health Plan, an Anthem Company
Retired President and CEO
Patrick Conway MD, MSc
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Former Chief Medical Officer
Mr. Steve Bygott
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company
Assistant Vice President of Marketing Analysis and Programs
Ms. Anthony (Tony) Tjan
Cue Ball Capital
CEO and General Partner
Robert Compton DDS
DentaQuest, Inc.
Executive Director
Brian Novy DDS, FADI
DentaQuest, Inc.
Director of Practice Improvement
Ms. Cindy Hannon
DentaQuest, Inc.
Manager of Quality Improvement
Dr. Biyi Ogunjimi
DentaQuest, Inc.
Dentist/Management Professional
Mr. Lee Barrett
Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)
Executive Director
Joshua (Josh) Seidman PhD
Evolent Health
Former Managing Director, Quality and Performance Improvement
Dominick Frosch PhD
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Mr. Jim Malkin
H3.Group (HCPro and DecisionHealth merger)
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Thomas Meier
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Vice President - Product Development
Jennifer DeCubellis LPC
Hennepin County Medical Center | Hennepin Healthcare System
Assistant County Administrator- Health
Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Coons
Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ)
Senior Vice President - Human Resources
Mr. Douglas Blackwell
Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ)
Chief Information Officer
Rushika Fernandopulle MD, MPP
Iora Health
Co-Founder and CEO
Mr. Drew Kraisinger
Medecision Inc.
VP - Innovation & Strategy
Mr. Chuck Ingoglia
National Council for Behavioral Health
Vice President
Ms. Kate Berry
National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC)
Former Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Amanda Parsons
New York City Department of Health
Assistant Commissioner of the Primary Care Information Project
Mr. David Barth
PNT Data Corporation (formerly Post-N-Track)
Senior Director of Strategic Development
G. Allen DeGraw
PNT Data Corporation (formerly Post-N-Track)
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Andrew McFarland
PNT Data Corporation (formerly Post-N-Track)
Marketing Specialist
Mr. Chad Hogan
Quotit Corporation
Senior Vice President
Ms. Gretchen Wright
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Communications Director
Ms. Jen Martin
Sharecare, Inc.
VP, Communications
Ms. Sheila Fey
Solomon McCown & Company (SM&)
Account Coordinator
Mr. Carlos Ferrera
Solstice Benefits, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Kyal Moody
The Word & Brown Companies
Former VP - Medicare Telesales
Ms. Polly Neves
The Word & Brown Companies
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Ms. Trina Dutta
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | HHS
Public Health Analyst
Farzad Mostashari MSc, MD
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | HHS
Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Mr. Ben Harder
U.S. News & World Report
Chief of Health Analysis
Mr. Dan Wilmer
U.S. News & World Report
Former Vice President and General Manager
Craig Jones MD
Vermont Blueprint for Health
Former Director
Rajiv Kumar MD
Virgin Pulse
President and Chief Medical Officer
Ms. Elise Meyer
Virgin Pulse
Director of Corporate Communications
Ms. Ann Brady
Virgin Pulse
Former Chief Financial Officer (ShapeUp)
Company News Headlines
HIP News and Announcements      
Town of Saugus Switches Back to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association after Three Years in the Group Insurance Commission
"We insure more than 75% of the state cities and towns and provide municipalities with a holistic and customized approach for controlling their health care costs. Every community has unique health and wellness needs, which is why we work directly with each city, town, school district and Joint Purchasing Arrangement (JPA) to help them develop targeted health plan designs and wellness programs that will work best for them while also providing robust account and member education," said Mr. Mark Meunier , Director of Government Programs at BCBSMA

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From Deployment to Employment - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Enlists U.S. Military Veterans for Work-Study Program
" Horizon BCBSNJ recognizes that the same qualities that made them exceptional members of the military can make them exceptional members of the workforce," said Ms. Margaret Coons , Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Horizon BCBSNJ

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AHIP Coverage: AHIP’s Robert Zirkelbach Discusses the Health Insurance Tax on Daily Rundown
As health care costs continue to rise, affordability continues to be a major concern for Americans and employers. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd highlighted this issue last week on “Daily Rundown” with AHIP 's Mr. Robert Zirkelbach

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AHIP Coverage: What You Need to Know About Policy Cancellations
Health plans have worked to provide affordable options to consumers and employers purchasing coverage in the new marketplace that take effect on January 1, 2014.

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AHIP Coverage: Support Grows for Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax
Repeal of the health insurance tax has generated support from several coalitions. According to the article, “With two business and commercial associations, the Affordable Coverage Project and the Stop the HIT Coalition, being established and demanding elimination of the HIT

, the Heritage Foundation (HF) has also, in a paper, called for its repeal as it “will have an adverse impact on consumers, but have little impact on large employers and their employees because large firms usually self-insure (and are exempted from the tax). … It should be repealed.”

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Seniors Can Get Moving With 2014 BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s Medicare Advantage Plans
"Our Medicare Advantage members like to be active and want to improve their quality of life by exercising more, so we’ve incorporated this new healthy aging program with our products," said Steele Pendleton , Vice President, BlueCross

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DentaQuest Institute Announces New Hires in Massachusetts
“Brian, Cindy and Biyi have shown their commitment to our mission to improve the oral health of all through disease prevention and management and we look forward to the knowledge and new ideas they will bring to our quality improvement efforts," said Dr. Robert Compton DDS , executive director of the DentaQuest

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Colonial Life survey shows almost half of workers don’t know what impact Affordable Care Act will have on them
“Workers clearly need help understanding this law and its personal impact on them and their families. Because employers are viewed as one of the top three sources of reliable information on this topic, they have a tremendous opportunity to help their workers get the information they need when they communicate their benefits programs," said Mr. Steve Bygott , assistant vice president of core market services at Colonial Life

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Solstice Benefits Launches Broker-Centric Solstice Marketplace Private Exchange
“Brokers have the flexibility to load their own custom plans or use Solstice’s selection of standard plans. Our user-friendly system ensures that brokers’ clients will have an easy-to-use enrollment process. We understand that enrollees will already be uncertain about choices. Exchanges are a brand new concept. We want to reduce the stress of all involved in the process, making sure it is as simple as possible," said Mr. Carlos Ferrera , COO, Solstice

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NAVIGATION - Other Sections in Today's HCBD-Who'sIT! Daily:
HIP Care Management and Well-Being Announcements
Solutions News and Announcements
HIP Wonk Watch
HIP Industry Events

HIP Care Management and Well-Being Announcements    back to index
ShapeUp Raises $7.5 Million to Expand Mobile and Global Employee Wellness Offerings
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Sharecare Names Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Diabetes
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Solutions News and Announcements    back to index
ConnectYourCare Welcomes Immediate Tax Relief for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Holders
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Quotit Will Empower Web Brokers Through Connection to Federally Facilitated Exchanges Hub
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U.S. News Expands Health Insurance Site
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BLR—Business & Legal Resources—Acquires HCPro and HealthLeaders Media Brands
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HIP Wonk Watch    back to index
Post-n-Track Achieves EHNAC Healthcare Network Accreditation
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RWJF: Retail Clinics - Convenient, Cost-Effective, Quality Care
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HIP Industry Events    back to index
NCQA Policy Conference Discusses Next Steps in Health Reform
On November 8, the annual NCQA National Policy Conference will gather experts to discuss ways to improve health care quality.
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Webinar Featuring HCSC: Consumer Applications for Success in the Retail Marketplace
60 minute complimentary live webinar focused on your most powerful asset in the evolving retail healthcare market: growing and sustaining healthcare consumer engagement. Featuring Mr. Thomas Meier , Vice President, Product Development, HCSC , and Mr. Drew Kraisinger , Vice President, Innovation & Strategy, Solutions Marketing & Product Management, Medecision
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