63 percent of Americans want universal healthcare; Humana, Health Partners form ACO;

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> Sixty-three percent of Americans favor a universal healthcare system, and 76 percent agree that since most other countries can afford such a system, the United States should, too, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll. Article

> Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller announced this week that her department will hold a public hearing regarding consumer protection from third-party "surprise bills." The hearing will take place Oct. 1. Announcement

> Humana and Doylestown, Pennsylvania-based Health Partners have formed an accountable care organization which will serve Medicare Advantage members in two counties. The model will pair Humana's predictive analytics, among other capabilities, with Health Partners' patient-centric care model. Announcement

Electronic Medical Records News

> Most hospital IT executives are focused on gaining more value from their electronic health record investments during the next year, according to a survey of members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Article

> Encrypted data in electronic health records is not totally secure, exposing an "alarming" amount of sensitive patient information, according to a new Microsoft study. Article

And finally … This monkey is bananas. Article