ACO coverage to reach 130 million people by 2017; Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins to team up to improve care;

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> The number of people covered by accountable care organizations will increase from 40 million in 2015 to more than 130 million by 2017, according to market research company Parks Associates. Report

> Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine announced they will collaborate in order to improve quality of care and better serve their communities. Announcement

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> More states turn to non-traditional methods to fund the portion of their Medicaid obligation that is not covered by the federal government, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Article

> The non-profit Center for Improving Value in Health Care has launched a website that allows residents of Colorado to compare hospital prices statewide, the Denver Post reported. Article

> Patients' income affects the likelihood they will unnecessarily seek care at hospitals instead of doctor's offices or clinics, according to a new study by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. Article

And Finally... Return of the cat. Article

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