Half of Americans said ACA helped family or friends; Carondelet Health Network announces joint venture;

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> More than half of American said the Affordable Care Act helped their families or others, but less than one in five people have personally benefited from it, according to a CNN poll. Poll

> Arizona-based Carondelet Health Network announced it signed a nonbinding letter of intent to create a joint venture with California-based Dignity Health, along with a subsidiary of the Texas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. Announcement

Payer News

> Given the opposing opinions coming out of two separate court rulings about the legality of Affordable Care Act subsidies, there's bound to be confusion among consumers interested in signing up for coverage during the next enrollment period for health insurance exchanges. That means insurers will have to dedicate more time and effort to educating them and explaining that they won't be losing subsidies right now. Article

> Although insurers and industry organizations often assert that provider consolidation leads to higher prices, some experts believe the impact is actually relatively neutral, reported Insurance News Net. Article

Health IT News

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, evidently concerned about some of the negative outcomes involving intrusive pop-up clinical decision support alerts, issued a tip sheet and answers a frequently asked question to clarify that the Meaningful Use incentive program is not limited to this type of notification. Article

And Finally… One upside to the government shutdown. Article