Aetna, Boston Children's Hospital could end contract; Ted Cruz has health insurance coverage after all;

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> Idaho's not-for-profit health insurers--Blue Cross of Idaho and Regence BlueShield of Idaho--do not have to disclose what they pay their top executives unlike other federal tax-exempt nonprofits, according to the Idaho Statesman. Neighboring states, the newspaper points out, also release this information. Article

> If they are unable to resolve a dispute about payment rates, Aetna and Boston Children's Hospital will end their contract Feb. 15, the Boston Globe reports. Article

> Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told an audience in New Hampshire last week that he was currently uninsured because Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas canceled many of its individual policies. But his campaign said a day later that in fact he was automatically enrolled in another plan with a narrower network, according to a Washington Post blog post. Post

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> Drug shortages in hospital emergency departments have worsened, increasing more than 400 percent since 2008, according to a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine. Article

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> Health systems must become test-beds of innovation because they have the ability to gather smart people and push their ideas forward, according to former Cleveland Clinic Chief Innovation Officer Thomas Graham, M.D. Article

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