Anthem, Cigna plan to stick with ACA exchanges; EmblemHealth lays off several hundred IT workers

> The uninsurance rate for children has fallen steadily since the introduction of the Children's Health Insurance Program in 1997 and that uninsurance continued to drop following implementation of Affordable Care Act, according to a study conducted by the Urban Institute. Study

> Molina Healthcare Inc. and Universal American Corp. announced that Molina will acquire Universal American's Total Care Medicaid plan in upstate New York. Announcement

> EmblemHealth CEO Karen Ignagni told employees this week the company would lay off "several hundred" IT and operations workers following the decision to hire help from Cognizant, Computer World reports. The decision came just as IT workers began efforts to convince the insurer to not hire outsourced help. Article

> Representatives from Anthem and Cigna say the insurers both plan to stick with the Affordable Care Act exchanges, despite the recent news that UnitedHealth would be leaving all but a handful of exchange markets, according to Fox Business. Article

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> Critics argue that the way the federal government structures healthcare incentives punish academic medical centers for being vigilant on patient safety and reporting higher rates of hospital-acquired conditions. Article

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> Healthcare organizations must take a data-driven approach when it comes to security efforts, David Severski, manager of the information security program at Seattle Children's Hospital, tells Healthcare IT News. Article

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