Volume V, Issue 18

April 30, 2018
Blue Distinction Total Care Doctors, Hospitals and Clinical Care Teams Achieve Better Health Outcomes
Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies slow the growth of the nation's medical costs with value-based care programs
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced, in an April 26, 2018 PR Newswire press release, that the Blue Distinction Total Care program, the industry's largest national network of value-based care programs -- accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) -- is outperforming other care providers in key health care quality and patient health metrics since its launch just a few years ago.

WIM
Despite many critics, value based care programs are increasingly demonstrating measurable, positive results.
Florida awards Medicaid contracts as expansion speculation builds 
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Susannah Luthi reports, for Modern Healthcare on April 24, 2018, that nine health plans including Humana and UnitedHealthcare won five-year Florida Medicaid contracts worth tens of billions of dollars Tuesday after more than 40 plans jumped in to bid in the state's first procurement period since 2013... A etna's Coventry Health Care of Florida, Florida Community Care, Horizon Health Plan, Humana, Simply Healthcare Plans, South Florida Community Care Network, Sunshine State Health Plan, UnitedHealthcare of Florida and WellCare of Florida all received Medicaid contracts from the state, according to Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration.

WIM
They are eyeing a market that could grow even more if the state expands its Medicaid program...Florida is considered a gold mine for Medicaid plans as it is already a managed-care-heavy state with more than 3 million people enrolled in coordinated Medicaid plans since its seismic shift away from fee-for-service. In a further push to expand Florida's managed Medicaid into the lucrative long-term care market, health officials sought bids on coordinated offerings for the 90,000 Floridians on long-term services...This second-ever procurement period coincides with fresh speculation that Florida could expand its Medicaid rolls, which already support more than 4 million people.
Johns Hopkins Performs First Total Penis and Scrotum Transplant in the World
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A press release, dated 4.23.18 and posted to  HopkinsMedicine.org, announced the first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world. The patient, a wounded American soldier, is expected to regain near normal urinary and sexual function.

WIM
This is a fascinating story and historic event. We are reminded that, despite all the criticism, American doctors do some things exceptionally well.

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