Weekend update

The Senate is back in session on Capitol Hill this week. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Relations Committee is holding a business meeting tomorrow afternoon to consider various Presidential nominations. However, Beth Cobert is not on the prepared agenda.  The House is holding a district work session for one more week. House sessions resume on April 11.

With respect to the carrier conference last week, the most important thing that the FEHBlog picked up is that last year OPM significantly improved the online FEHB plan comparison tool.  FEHBP enrollees can obtain a lot more comparative information now.  The tool does not provide a link to each Plan’s summary of benefits and coverage which Congress intended to be the principal tool for health plan shoppers.  That would be a helpful addition to the PCT.

Managed Healthcare Executive has a useful article on the valued based payment initiatives that CVS Health and Express Scripts are rolling out for oncology drugs.