Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona launches new suite of customer-friendly tools; Private exchange growth continues, but at slower pace;

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> So that members can make better-informed health and financial choices, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is launching an enhanced suite of tools through its campaign, Blue Works for You. Announcement

> New data from consulting firm Accenture reveals that about 8 million Americans are enrolled in medical coverage for this year via a private exchange. While this is a 35 percent increase over last year, it's a deceleration from the annual growth rate of more than 100 percent since 2013, the report says, adding that growth in private exchanges continues to be fueled by midsize employers as "many large employers continue to sit on the sidelines." Report

> As the third open enrollment period winds down on the health insurance marketplaces, there's one thing that hasn't really changed much since the exchanges first opened: The difficulty of determining whether a plan covers abortion services, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

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> Nine California individuals were charged with conspiracy and insurance fraud Jan. 15 for an alleged fraud scam that billed insurance companies $80 million for Spanish interpretation services that were unnecessary or never provided. Article

> In an attempt to reduce ambulance fraud, the ride-sharing app, Lyft, recently announced a partnership with National Medtrans Network in New York City to provide non-emergency transportation to seniors. Even though Lyft is typically accessed through a smartphone app, the company has introduced a new "third-party web request product" called "Concierge" that will allow provider partners to request rides for elderly patients who don't own a smartphone. Article

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