Software developers, technology consultants and data analysis firms are converging in San Francisco this week to court the members of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

A gay activist and a reproductive rights activist added color and flash to AHIP Institute 2011, AHIP’s annual meeting, by throwing pink glitter and confetti on Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty to make the case that he ought to take what they believe to be courageous positions on reproduction issues and issues involving people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Benefitfocus.com Inc., Charleston, S.C., tried to add flash in a more sedate fashion, by appealing to meeting attendees with a Medical Loss Ratio Rebate App that works with the company’s existing health plan administration system.

Consumer Health Technologies Inc., Fargo, N.D., has introduced a provider enrollment module for its EXACT insurer-provider communication system that meets the federal standards for the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the company says.

Vitech Systems Group Inc., New York, says it will upgrade its V3 claims and benefits management system to comply with a new federal data communications standard at no cost to health plans.

CIBER Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo., is at the meeting to show off a new health plan sales and member administration system.

- Allison Bell

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