Aetna and Carilion launch health plans; New Medicaid enrollment estimates vary;

> Coventry Health Care is buying Children's Mercy Family Health Partners, a Medicaid plan operated by Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., reports the Washington Business Journal. The transaction will add 210,000 Medicaid managed care recipients to Coventry's enrollment. Article

> Aetna and Emory Healthcare are jointly operating a pilot program called "Patient-Centered Primary Care" for Emory employees and some Medicare recipients. The care teams (nurses, medical assistants, and behavioral health specialists who are led by a physician) will communicate with patients before and after visits, coordinate care with specialists, and ensure follow-up care after emergency room visits or hospital stays, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Article

> Aetna and Carilion Clinic have launched new health plans aimed at small businesses in Virginia. Called Aetna Whole Health, the plans are the first commercial product to result from the Aetna-Carilion accountable care organization and include payment models that move beyond fee-for-service, according to The Roanoke Times. Article

> Wisconsin wants its health insurers to be exempted from the federal medical-loss ratio requirement, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Article

> Estimates of how many additional individuals will enroll in Medicaid as a result of health reform mandates vary greatly, ranging from 8 million to 22 million, according to Health Affairs. Report

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