Anthem Blue Cross of Ohio and Kettering Health Network launch quality improvement arrangement; CDC finds number of uninsured fell by 11M over past five years;

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> Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio and Kettering Health Network announced Monday a new patient-centered arrangement that will lower the cost of care while also improving overall quality. Kettering Health Network is part of Anthem's provider network, and has participated in Anthem's Hospital Quality Improvement Program, which provides financial incentives for outstanding quality performance, since 2004. Announcement

> In defense of its billing practices, Premera Blue Cross claims that an Alaska intertribal healthcare group relied on expert testimony that violated federal rules when it alleged Premera paid less than the group billed charges, according to Law360. Article (Subscription required)

> New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, the number of uninsured Americans fell by more than 11 million, the Associated Press reported. Article

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> Is hospital cost-shifting dead? The New York Times thinks so. Article

> The expansion of Medicaid program eligibility under the Affordable Care Act reduced the cost of caring for the uninsured by $7.4 billion last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced. Article

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