How emotional intelligence affects outcomes and finances; Most uninsured are undecided about buying health coverage;

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> Beacon Health Partners, an accountable care organization and independent physician association in New York signed a patient-centered primary care agreement with Empire BlueCross BlueShield to reduce fragmentation and focus on wellness and prevention, according to News Medical. Article

> Experts from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explain how emotional intelligence plays a role in hospitals' patient-centered care, satisfaction scores, clinical outcomes and finances, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Article

> After transporting a patient, a medical helicopter crashed and killed three crewmembers in southeastern Kentucky on Thursday; no patients were on board, ABC News reported. Article

> The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is investing $20 million to support more nurse leaders, promote nurse-led science and discovery, and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. Announcement

Health Insurance News

> In its second year, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield's patient-centered medical home program lowered costs and improved quality care even more than during the first year of operation. Article

> A majority of uninsured consumers haven't decided whether they will buy health coverage, a new survey shows. Article

And Finally… Drug dogs out of the job in Washington state. Article