Craig M. Arnold, Managed Care Actuary

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Last updated March 22, 1999.

 March 19, 1999 (Albuquerque Journal) "Cimarron in Process Of Acquiring QualMed": The deal will be made with some financing help from St. Joseph Healthcare, which will get seats on the boards of both Health Care Horizons and Cimarron.

 March 13, 1999: BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado has agreed to "affiliate" with Anthem Inc. (in Indiana).  There are still questions on how any for-profit conversion might occur, and some groups have concerns about the deal with Anthem.  (Click here for a Denver Post story, follow-up story, or a Denver Business Journal story.)

 February 27, 1999: Colorado names Bill Kirven as the new Insurance Commissioner, replacing Jack Ehnes.  (Click here for a Denver Post story)

 February 12, 1999: Clinton Acquitted: 45 (not guilty) -55 (guilty) on the Perjury article, and 50-50 on Obstruction of Justice.  (Click here for CNN story)

 February 11, 1999: Colorado pauses to remember a great statesman as Colorado Senator Tony Grampsas was laid to rest today.  Memorial contributions can be sent to Mount Evans Hospice, P.O. Box 2770, Evergreen, CO or CU Cancer Research Center, 4200 East 9th Avenue, Denver, CO 80262. (Click here for Denver Post story)

 January 22, 1999 (Denver Post) "Blues to fight ruling on HMOs' liability": CO Insurance Commissioner Jack Ehnes sends a letter to three insurers outlining their obligations to the failed Paramount physicians network, in an ongoing dispute.  Exclusive: Click here to view the letter from Jack Ehnes.

 January 7, 1999 (Albuquerque Journal) "Doctor Group Fights Presbyterian 'Teams'": Thirty-six doctors ("Physicians for Patient Choice") have banded together to fight "physician-directed teams," a new care system under Presbyterian Health Plan.  The new system allows the plan's primary care doctors to establish teams and set up their own contracts with specialists.  (Click here for a prior story)

 December 19, 1998 (Denver Post) "Doctors, insurers at odds": Payment issues between insurers and doctors continue to make headline news, this time involving physician payments from both BCBS and PacifiCare.  The issues are complicated by IPAs (which act as middlemen, and are managed by doctors), and by a new Colorado state law (HB1122) which has yet to be tested on this kind of situation.

 December 14, 1998 (Albuquerque Journal) "Insurance director moves on": Chris Krahling is moving on from his job as NM state insurance superintendent, after over three years.  By all accounts, Chris has done an excellent job, and leaves behind a respectable legacy. Deputy Superintendent Tom Rushton is in charge while a nationwide search is conducted for Krahling's replacement.

  

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