Aug 8, 2017

Top Medicare official will be CEO of BCBS of North Carolina

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Patrick Conway is leaving his post as the most senior career official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina on Oct. 1, the health insurer said Tuesday. He will replace Brad Wilson, who is retiring.

Conway has a high profile at the agency — he's the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which was set up to run the Affordable Care Act's experiments that changed how doctors and hospitals are paid. He has been at CMS since 2011, right before the Obama administration started implementing the ACA's changes to Medicare, Medicaid and the individual marketplaces.

Why it matters: Conway is likely to bring his goals of altering health care payments and care delivery to North Carolina's dominant insurer, which previously had threatened to leave the ACA's exchanges and sued the Obama administration over ACA funding. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina recently has fared well financially.

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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