Blue Cross Blue Shield Association isn't thinking about reform delay; Florida Blue launches ACO with Cleveland Clinic Florida;

News From Around the Web:

> Blue Cross Blue Shield Association hasn't seriously considered requesting a delay for the health reform law's implementation, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

> Harvard Pilgrim has decided to cover naturopathic doctors who practice in New Hampshire, a decision that could cut healthcare costs by 30 percent, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported. Article

> Florida Blue is launching an accountable care program with Cleveland Clinic Florida and its more than 200 doctors, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Article

Health Provider News:

> Hospitals continue to show promising results in reducing healthcare-associated infections, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Article

> Physicians need a bigger voice in the gun policy dialogue, as they are an important source of information for the public and a valued constituency for policymakers. Article

Health IT News:

> Avatar-based intervention can help young adults self manage depression by enabling them to interact with virtual healthcare providers and a virtual health coach. Article

And Finally… If you like noise makers, you might be xenophobic. Article

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