Aetna drops lawsuit against Jacksonville; Insurers spend $5B on quality improvement;

> Aetna is withdrawing its lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville for allegedly violating its own selection process and making a $90 million contract to provide health coverage for the Florida city "behind closed doors," according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota has saved $2.50 for every dollar spent on a patient-centered medical home program it launched three years ago. The program uses sophisticated data tracking, reduces payments for hospital admissions resulting in complications and closely manages patients with chronic diseases, reported the Dickinson Press. Article

> Insurers spent more than $5 billion on quality improvement expenses last year, an increase of about $1.1 million from 2010, a report from Mark Farrah Associates found. Almost half of last year's total was allocated for improving health outcomes, including case management and coordination, evidence-based medicine, non-electronic quality reporting and documentation of care, reported Insurance & Financial Advisor. Article

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