Arkansas approves $16.5M for its exchange; Highmark facing lawsuit for not covering cardiac device;

News From Around the Web:

> Arkansas lawmakers have approved almost $16.5 million in federal funds for its health insurance exchange, where more than 500,000 people will shop for insurance, reported the Associated Press. Article

> Highmark is being sued by LifeWatch AG, which claims the Pittsburgh insurer no longer covers the cost of its mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry service, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Article

Health Provider News:

> A new report that analyzes seniors' health status state-by-state reveals that Americans are living longer but with growing rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic disease. Article

> Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., improperly billed the Medicare program by $1.09 million, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. Article

Health IT News:

> Several hospital executives say that workflow issues are the most difficult to overcome when implementing electronic health record systems. Article

> The American Telemedicine Association has released best practices for providing mental health services through personal computer webcams and other devices with interactive video capabilities. Article

And Finally… Ice Age plants just keep on ticking. Article