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The Department of Health and Human Services extended the comment period for proposed privacy regulations to Feb. 17, giving groups time to determine whether unintended consequences would prevent coordinated care.... Only 5.9 percent of HMO members rate trust in their health plans "very high" in a National Research Corp. survey. If that seems low, it's better than the 3.8 and 3.6 percent marks achieved by PPOs and fee-for-service plans, respectively.... Visits to physicians for diabetes rose 10 percent from 1998 to 1999, according to a Scott-Levin audit. That coincided with a 13-percent boost in prescriptions for oral diabetic medications.... Three mega-employers, including IBM, turned to a new vehicle for purchasing health care last year: Internet auctions, orchestrated by Hewitt Associates, the benefits consultant. Fifty plans bid against each other online for the business. The buyers wound up with premiums 2 to 8 percent lower this year than in 1999.

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HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

Apply via email to jfedder1@hfhs.org or online at http://p.rfer.us/HENRYFORDlXqAJA

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