Docs offer care in most in-flight medical emergencies; Blues plan, hospital integrate medical, mental health management;

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> Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals on planes help treat sick passengers in three-fourths of the emergencies observed, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh and published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Abstract

> Following the feds' employment-based wellness program final rules, Florida's BayCare Health System and CHS Health Services will co-manage two onsite health centers for BayCare's 21,000 employees. Announcement

> Cincinnati-based Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has reached initial agreements to acquire Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio and its related medical group practice, resulting in a CHP-owned, integrated healthcare organization, the groups announced this week. Statement

Health Payer News

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has created a new company with the state's largest private psychiatric hospital to integrate healthcare with mental health and substance abuse services. Article

> Key to Cigna's rise in the foreign Chinese healthcare market is its joint venture with China Merchants Bank, which uses innovative marketing tactics, including the latest data-mining techniques. Article

And Finally…  It's always the same progression--Pig becomes internet sensation then gets book deal. Article