Aetna, Mount Sinai Health Providers form ACO; House Republicans focus on penning viable ACA alternative

> Aetna and Mount Sinai Health Providers have formed an accountable care organization, the companies announced. With the agreement, which lasts three years, Aetna commercial plan members who receive care from Mount Sinai physicians will "benefit from quality and cost efficiency improvements provided by the program." Announcement

> An opinion piece published by the Journal of the American Medical Association discusses the challenges that still stand in the way of women taking advantage of the full benefits of the Affordable Care Act's guarantee of no co-pay coverage of contraceptives. Opinion piece

> Though in the past they have failed to do so, Republicans in the House, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, have made it a top priority to develop a "specific replacement" to the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says, according to The Hill. Article

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> Following President Barack Obama's $4.1 trillion dollar budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, the Office of Inspector General has requested more than $419 million to fight fraud, waste and abuse within federal healthcare programs. Article

> DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., the nation's largest kidney care provider, is facing yet another federal investigation after self-reporting potential billing irregularities with one of its pharmacy providers. Article

And finally… Beats an elevator any day. Article