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> It's a rare victory for a Medicaid plan. Rhode Island's Neighborhood Health Plan has been voted the best Medicaid HMO in the country in healthcare quality ratings issued by the NCQA and U.S. News & World Report. Article

> The Wisconsin Hospital Association has added a list of outpatient procedures to its list of hospital prices. Article

> The lifetime cost of treating a patient with HIV, from diagnosis until death now resembles that of caring for heart failure for the same amount of time. Article

> AstraZeneca is making its free-drug program available to the middle class, rather than just those in poverty. Release

> Genetic variation key indicator of diabetes risk. Report

> Insurer launches e-prescribing pilot. Report

> HHS offers preventive care tool for PCPs. Report

> Humana, BCBSFL offer real-time claims adjudication. Report

And Finally… How sweet it...isn't? A California court gives the sugar industry's case against Splenda makers the boot. Release