Americans with government health plans most satisfied; Alaskans turn to healthcare sharing ministries;

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> Americans' opinion of the healthcare system varies depending on what kind of insurance they have, according to a new Gallup poll. Those who are most satisfied are on government plans such as Medicare, and those with employer-paid or self-paid insurance are less satisfied. Poll Results

> Facing high premiums, some residents in Alaska are turning to an alternative health insurance plan in which religiously affiliated organizations charge a monthly fee and reimburse a certain amount of medical expenses, according to APRN. Article

> A judge has ordered a hearing between Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and St. Peter's University Hospital to determine whether the insurer illegally excluded the hospital from a new tiered network, according to NJ.com. Article

> Blue Shield of California has sued its former public policy director, Michael Johnson, accusing him of disclosing confidential company information during a public campaign in which he criticized the insurer's nonprofit status, the Los Angeles Times reports. Article

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> Despite the fact that 100 senior healthcare execs were surveyed and revealed that efficiency and patient care are of importance, staffing breakdowns don't reflect those two things as priorities. Article

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> According to research from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) severely underreports data on patients' weight, body mass, and alcohol and tobacco use. The NIS database is used to determine hospital reimbursement, and incorrect figures could greatly impact the risk for readmission or surgical complications. Article

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