Advocacy group in Vermont wants insurers to cover yoga; Cigna to purchase QualCare Alliance Networks;

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> Health Level Seven International recently announced the launch of the HL7 Payer User Group, which will help to "better manage member care, to promote better medical outcomes and ensure an economically sustainable system by making healthcare more affordable." Announcement

> A new advocacy group in Vermont, the Student and Teachers Yoga Association, is pushing for reimbursement of yoga services from insurers, reported. Article

> Cigna entered an agreement to purchase New Jersey-based QualCare Alliance Networks, Inc. combining Cigna's national scale with QANI's expertise in hospital systems to promote innovation and affordability, the insurer announced. Announcement

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> Congress should fix the long-disregarded sustainable growth rate formula, but not at the expense of hospitals, according to the American Hospital Association. Article

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> President Barack Obama will ask Congress to double federal funding for fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Washington Post reports. Article

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