Health Net must pay $180M in claims; MCEG compiles list of 10 issues facing payers;

> The Louisiana Supreme Court has ordered Health Net to cover more than $180 million in claims by consumers, health care providers and creditors in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, reports the Associated Press. The unanimous Supreme Court ruling requires Health Net to reimburse all of AmCare Louisiana HMO's members, providers and creditors for any losses caused by Health Net. Article

> Cigna has appointed Mark Boxer as new chief information officer to lead Cigna's global technology strategy, according to Insurance Business Review. Boxer will be rejoining Cigna, where he formerly led its eCommerce practice and played a key IT leadership role during its Healthsource acquisition and integration. Article

> The Managed Care Executive Group has compiled the top 10 issues that health plans will face in 2011, reports Government Health IT. The issues are determined based MCEG's polls of health plan executives and industry thought leaders across the country via surveys, webinars and other events. The issues are: administrative mandates; care management, data analytics, and informatics; health insurance exchanges and individual markets; new provider payment and delivery systems; bend the cost trend; Medicare and Medicaid; health information exchanges and EMRs; consumer role in the modernization of healthcare; reform uncertainties; and payer/provider interoperability. Article

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