D.C.: Health Benefit Exchange Authority Launches Robust Provider Directory Consumer Tool

In a bid to make information about exchange providers more accurate and consolidated, the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (HBX) introduced its Universal Doctor Directory 1.0, which enables consumers to search for and filter lists of physicians by name, area of practice, location, and qualified health plan participation. Prior to implementing the Universal Doctor Directory 1.0, consumers would have to go to individual health plans’ websites to search for this information. The Doctor Directory, which is powered by Consumers’ CHECKBOOK, was also released with a Spanish Language Beta version.

Washington: Marketplace Announces Staffing Cuts, Leadership Transitions

Washington's Health Benefit Exchange Board voted to decrease Exchange staffing levels by 15% after the Legislature appropriated $14 million less in Exchange funding for 2015-2017 than in its previous two-year budget, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Board also officially appointed Pam MacEwan as Interim CEO to succeed Richard Onizuka when he steps down later this month. Separately, current CFO Bob Nakahara announced his resignation, effective August 26th, according to State of Reform. The Exchange did not provide details on when a replacement would be named.