Highmark agrees to pay 30,000 outstanding claims; Connecticut files 2016 rates;

News From Around the Web

> With seven months until the next round of open enrollment begins, concern looms for state-run exchanges to sign up enrollees after a somewhat slow 2015 enrollment period, noted Employee Benefit News. However, state-run exchanges can prevail if they adopt the right strategic approaches, such as targeted outreach and community-based enrollment-assistance programs. Article

> Highmark has agreed to pay nearly 30,000 outstanding medical claims filed by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center providers, reported the Associated Press. The outstanding claims had yet to be paid because of a dispute between the insurer and hospital system. Article

> States have begun posting their 2016 medical insurance rate filings. Connecticut, for instance, has posted average changes range from an average decrease of 7.15 percent for Anthem's on-exchange small-group plans to an increase of 33 percent for UnitedHealth Group's off-exchange individual plans. Announcement

Health Finance News

> The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to review a lower court's decision to strike down ProMedica's acquisition of an Ohio hospital, the Toledo Blader reported, and it should serve as a warning to the hospital sector. Article

> The healthcare industry must overhaul its payment system to align with consumer demand, according to a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute. Article

And finally … "Homeward Bound: Denver Edition." Article