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Members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies and privately-held health plans tend to rate their overall service experience notably higher than enrollees of non-Blue plans owned by publicly-traded companies, says new study by J.D. Power and Associates. The study asked 10,522 members of large commercial health plans to rank the performance of 49 large health plan companies in the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. Leading the regions were Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in the Northeast; BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida in the South; BlueCross and BlueShield of Minnesota in the Midwest; and Premera Blue Cross in the West.... More employers are offering consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), according to a survey by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and the National Business Group on Health. Employers offering CDHPs increased from 33 percent to 38 percent in the last year. Forty percent of employers now offer or plan to offer a health savings account, and 26 percent offer or plan to offer a health reimbursement account.... Using low-dose computed tomography (CT) to screen smokers for lung cancer may increase the rate of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, but may not reduce the risk of advanced lung cancer or death. Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center conducted a longitudinal analysis of 3,246 asymptomatic current or former smokers who were screened for lung cancer beginning in 1998. They concluded that until more definitive data are available, asymptomatic individuals should not be screened outside of clinical research studies that have a reasonable likelihood of further clarifying the potential benefits and risks.

Meetings

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014