PracticeFusion to create health expense tools for consumers; WellPoint CEO consolidates company;

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> Electronic health record vendor PracticeFusion is getting into the health expense tools market to help people visualize healthcare costs and out of pocket expenses, GigaOM reports. "Every part of healthcare is obfuscated," CEO Ryan Howard said. "But we've just opened it up--from the administration to scheduling to the clinical data to now health spending." Article

Health Insurance News

> After only two months on the job, WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish is shaking up the company's management, consolidating its business into two primary units. The reorganization comes a few days after three WellPoint board members resigned for personal reasons. Article

> As insurers continue to submit plans to sell on states' health insurance exchanges, the Washington, D.C., online marketplace boasted that four major companies intend to operate on its exchange. The insurers--Aetna, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealth--applied to sell a combined total of 34 policies through the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange for individuals and almost 260 plans for small groups. Article

EMR News

> The adoption of electronic health record systems has increased "dramatically," more than doubling since 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' latest figures released this week. As of the end of April 2013, more than half of all eligible professionals, and 80 percent of eligible hospitals, have received incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use programs. Post

And Finally... Butt-dialing can have its consequences. Article

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