NCQA app aims to help consumers find providers; Nike, Apple settle fitness band lawsuit;

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> A newly released app from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) lets users search for NCQA-accredited plans and NCQA-recognized clinicians and physician in practice up to 100 miles of their location. It also provides in-depth data on insurance plans offered by employers, Medicare and Medicaid and online marketplace exchanges. Article

> A two-year-old class action lawsuit alleging Nike and Apple misled consumers in advertising regarding the capabilities of the Nike+ FuelBand has been settled, according to a MacRumors report. Consumers who bought the wristband in the past three years are eligible for a $15 payment or $25 gift card. Article

Healthcare News

> Hospitals can improve patient outcomes, teamwork and surgeons' compliance with care quality standards using a performance assessment common among Fortune 500 companies, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Article

> A new study presents some troubling findings when it comes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in hospitals across the country. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria, once thought to be less "fit" than other strains, in fact survive better and cause more deadly infections, according to the findings. Article

Payer News

The federal government could save anywhere between $15.2 billion and $16 billion annually if it negotiated Medicare Part D prescription prices with drug makers, suggests a paper published by Carleton University and Public Citizen. As the paper's authors point out, the high levels of deductibles and out-of-pocket copayments are the main reason why so many Americans cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. Article

And Finally… Snakes had feet?! Article