BCBSNC bundles payment for knee surgeries;Wellmark's 13% rate hike gets approval;

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has reached an agreement with Duke University Health System to allow bundled payments for knee replacement surgeries. Under the deal, BCBSNC members will only have to pay once for treatment during the pre-surgical period, the actual surgery and follow-up care within 90 days of hospital discharge, reported the Durham Herald-Sun. Article

> Democratic lawmakers have reintroduced legislation that would create a government-run health insurance plan, also knows as the "public option," Fox News reported. Article

> Insurers must provide dental coverage for children in 2014 under the reform law, according to Kaiser Health News. Individual and small group plans, regardless of whether their available through health insurance exchanges, must offer pediatric dental services. Article

> Wellmark's proposed 12 percent to 13 percent premium increase has been approved by the Iowa insurance department, despite strong public opposition. Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss said the rate hike was justified because of higher spending on medical services, reported the Des Moines Register. Article

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