Aetna CEO: U.S. healthcare costs out of control; DoD, VA EHR projects must focus on interoperability;

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> Individual private exchange plans in California, Florida, New York and Texas skimp on blood cancer coverage, LifeHealthPro reported. Article

> Advances in data collection and sharing will supercede further provider consolidation, the president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin told the Milwaukee Business Journal. Article

> Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said U.S. healthcare costs are out of control, adding that the country needs a "fundamentally different" payement system that values quality over quantity, Bloomberg reported. Article

Health IT News

> The defense and veterans affairs departments must not lose sight of the ultimate goal of interoperability in their pursuit of their electronic health record systems, lawmakers said in passing the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act in the House on Wednesday. Article

> The Meaningful Use incentive program is "on track," as providers use their electronic health records as tools to improve care, communicate with patients and participate in health reform initiatives, according to new National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo. Article

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