Alaska premiums to increase 37%; New Jersey's AmeriHealth's success due to low costs and wide provider network;

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> In Alaska, the two insurers who offer individual plans on the marketplace--Premera Alaska and Moda--will see premiums rise an average of 37 percent next year, reports Alaska Public Media. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking individuals to help implement certain ACA initiatives. Positions include site reliability engineers and electronic data interchange experts. With regards to the marketplace's features, CMS notes "there is still work that needs to be done." Announcement

> In New Jersey, AmeriHealth sits ahead of the game by offering consumers with low-cost plans and a wide provider network, reports NJ Spotlight. In the first quarter of 2014, AmeriHealth sold 32,427 policies through the state's marketplace, while Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey sold 21,570 policies. Article

Medical Imaging News

>  The comment period for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ended last week and radiology and imaging-related organizations expressed their concerns about a number of issues, such as the potential for significant reimbursement reductions in radiation oncology services. Article

> The use of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) software supplemented by real-time clinical decision support (CDS) is becoming an increasingly important tool in efforts to manage imaging utilization, according to an article in RSNA News. Article

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