Hospital opens first internet addiction treatment center in US; Highmark CEO on healthcare costs, incentives;

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> Globally, more than half of all patients with hypertension don't know they have the condition, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association study, reported MedPage Today. Moreover, the study noted hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and death globally. Article

> Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania will open the nation's first treatment center for internet addiction, ABC News reported. Article

> Maine sold its liquor revenue bond to repay $183.5 million owed to hospitals, a payment that will trigger $305 million in federal matching funds, Gov. Paul LePage announced Tuesday. That will help the Maine Hospital Association recoup more than $484 million in reimbursements that are three years overdue. Announcement

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> Healthcare spending is "unsustainable" and the health insurance industry must address cost drivers, including unhealthy lifestyles and "perverse incentives" to curb costs, Highmark CEO William Winkenwerder Jr. said. Article

> Maryland officials announced Tuesday they are partnering with the Baltimore Ravens to help promote the state's health insurance exchange. Article

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