BCBS of Tennessee unveils financial planner tool; Federal judge dismisses antitrust lawsuit against Blues, Aetna;

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>  BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has launched a financial planner tool that allows its members to research real claims data from providers and facilities to make more informed healthcare decisions, Business Wire reports. Announcement 

> An antitrust lawsuit brought by independent labs against Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and Quest Diagnositcs has been dismissed with prejudice by a federal judge, Courthouse News Service reports. The suit had alleged that the two insurers and the major lab testing company had conspired to corner the medical testing market. Article

> California's plan to fold the state program called California Children' Services into its vast Medi-Cal managed care system has triggered a controversy as many families, children's advocates and pediatric medical centers are worried about what the move will mean for patients, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

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> There has been a long-running debate as to whether the Affordable Care Act is actually killing jobs, creating them or doing little at all. A new study suggests it is the third case. Article

> The federal government pays $15 billion a year for the training of medical residents--an expenditure that may be largely unnecessary, according to the International Business Times. Article

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