BCBS of Minnesota starts shared incentive payments; Connecticut bill would require public rate hearings;

> A Connecticut proposed bill would require public hearings when health insurers raise rates and would give the state attorney general the right to argue on behalf of consumers at the hearings, reports the Hartford Courant. Article

> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has entered into a shared incentive payment model with Park Nicollet Health Services, an integrated care system, the health plan announced. Over the length of the three-year agreement, the focus shifts from guaranteed payments based on volume of care to financial incentives earned for measurable improvements in healthcare quality and efficiency. Park Nicollet will focus on quality care measures for chronic illness, including diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Press Release

> Financial projections for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware will likely be made available for public inspection as part of a state review of BCBSD's proposed affiliation with Highmark, according to the Delaware News Journal. Such projections are important because they could lend support to BCBSD's primary rationale for the affiliation--that it cannot compete long term without linking with a larger carrier. Article

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