Questions on California premium increases; Hospitals chime in on reference pricing;

News From Around The Web

> Premiums for insurance sold through the Covered California insurance exchange will likely rise an average of 4.2 percent for 2015, although carrier fears about a ballot proposition that may cap their rates in the future may come into play, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> If a health plan uses reference pricing, it should adhere to all network adequacy guidelines under the Affordable Care Act, the hospital sector urged in comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, AHA News Now reports. Article

> Water contamination in Ohio may have led to a surge of emergency room visits to Toledo-area hospitals, the Toledo Blade reported. Article

Provider News

> Shortening the time it takes to get a medical degree would lessen newly-minted doctors' debt burden without compromising quality of care, according to the New York Times. Article

Healthcare IT News

> After months of speculation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for providers and payers to transition to ICD-10. Article

And Finally... EMTs break car window to rescue doll from heat. Article