Americans eschew cheapest exchange plans; CMS to conduct 'end-to-end' ICD-10 testing;

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> U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is urging the Centers for Medicare &  Medicaid Services to apply "proper legal standards" that will allow patients affected by UnitedHealth's decision to drop 19 percent of its Medicare Advantage network in Connecticut to retain access to their doctors, the New Haven Register reported. Article

> A bipartisan group of 40 senators sent a letter asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to protect seniors by keeping Medicare Advantage payment rates steady in 2015, according to America's Health Insurance Plans. Statement

> Most Americans shopping on health insurance exchanges are avoiding the lowest-priced plans, Bloomberg reported. Only 19 percent of enrollees chose bronze plans, which have the cheapest premiums. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday announced that it will offer "end-to-end" ICD-10 testing for a "small sample group of providers" this summer. Article

> The Health IT Policy Committee's Meaningful Use workgroup is planning on recommending seven new objectives for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. Article

And Finally... You know what they say: What happens in Vegas gets officially pardoned in Vegas. Article