The July effect makes its annual comeback; Pricing transparency doesn't help Massachusetts consumers understand medical bills;

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> The July effect--the rise in medical mistakes that occurs every year around this time as millions of medical residents start new jobs--is real, Vox reports. Article

> Massachusetts residents are as surprised and confused as ever by their medical bills, despite the nationwide focus on cutting healthcare costs and increasing billing transparency, the Boston Business Journal reports. Article

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> Critics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have spent nearly $450 million on negative ads. But those ad dollars may have backfired, given a recent analysis by the Brookings Institution shows a positive link between anti-ACA spending and ACA enrollment. Article

> Three top execs at Capital BlueCross, Humana and Highmark share their tips for best retail consumer practices with FierceHealthPayer. Article

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