Aetna launches new online program to manage metabolic syndrome; Wellmark paid its CEO advances to avoid higher taxes;

News From Around the Web:

> Aetna has launched a new online program that will help its members manage metabolic syndrome, which affects one in four adults, by offering evidence-based online assistance, including weight loss and stress reduction, reported the Hartford Courant. Article

> Wellmark paid its executives, including CEO John Forsyth, advances in their pay last year as a work-around to paying higher taxes, reported the Des Moines Register. Forsyth received more than $2 million in December for short-term and long-term incentive pay on top of his roughly $2.6 million salary, bonuses and other compensation. Article

Health Provider News:

> CaroMont Health's board of directors has removed Randy Kelley from his post as CEO, citing a "communication breakdown" that hurt relationships among the community, elected officials and CaroMont employees. Article

> Existing physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity programs in the United States appear to be well accepted by patients and clinicians, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Article

> Patients are more satisfied when they visit their doctor than when they receive hospital-based care. Article

Health IT News:

> Seventy percent of physicians say their patients are embracing self-tracking. Article

> Researchers are hoping to develop new tools that will help reduce patient safety risks associated with electronic health records. Article

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