5 guilty of defrauding Blue Cross; Medica partners with Target to boost access to services;

News From Around the Web:

> Five Kansas City employees pleaded guilty to defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City of more than $310,000, reported the Kansas City Business Journal. Article

> Medica has formed a new partnership with Target to help improve access to affordable, convenient health services, including offering flu vaccinations, healthcare to babies and care for common ailments, the insurer announced Wednesday. Statement

> Employees from Google and Oracle are among the tech experts helping the Obama administration work on problems with the federal health insurance exchange, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

Health Provider News:

> Pennsylvania passed an "I'm sorry" law protecting physicians' benevolent gestures from being used against them in malpractice cases. Article

> Raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 wouldn't save nearly as much as previously thought, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. Article

Health IT News:

> A government memorandum signed off on by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner reveals she allowed HealthCare.gov to launch without final security testing. Article

> WebMD is looking to enhance patient engagement by partnering with mobile app developers, healthcare IT developers, biometric device manufacturers and health service providers. Article

And Finally... If you're lying, it's probably after lunch. Article

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