Medicare Advantage plans improving; Cuomo looking to tax New York exchange plans;

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> Outgoing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has said that private insurers' Medicare Advantage plans "continue to see quality improvements," according to the Motley Fool. Sixty percent of seniors are enrolled in a plan with a four- or five-star rating on a five-star scale. Article

> New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has proposed a tax on premiums sold through the state's health insurance exchange. The tax of about $25 would help offset the cost of running the exchange, reported. Article

> With less than a month before the Feb. 15 open enrollment deadline, the Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 7.1 million enrollees on the federal insurance exchange. Florida leads the way with nearly 1.3 million enrollees. Announcement

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> Medicare will award quality bonuses to the majority of hospitals it assesses, but in most cases, other penalties will offset those gains, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

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> President Barack Obama's comments in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening got the healthcare world abuzz about "precision medicine"--but what exactly that will mean for the industry remains unclear. Article

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