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> After more than 22,000 Coloradans were notified this past month that their coverage will end by the end of this year. Despite political claims that the Obamacare was to blame for the disruption it may, in fact, be the result of Humana's decision to cancel offerings for people who buy health insurance on their own, reports PoliticoPro. Article

> Bronze plan premiums will rise an average of 13.9 percent in the 15 states and the District of Columbia in which it is offered, according to Article

> Several New Jersey counties want to establish accountable care organizations to improve care quality for consumers. The move would also help keep healthcare organizations "operating, innovating and improving care," according to an opinion piece in the Star-Ledger. Editorial

Health IT News

> Spurred by drastic growth in "telehome" technology adoption, the global telemedicine tools market will likely reach $43.4 billion within five years, according to a new report published by Wellesley, Massachusetts-based BCC Research. Article

> The University of Utah Health Sciences Center touts success with a value-improvement framework that uses software to assess direct costs of patient care as part of quality improvement efforts. Article

Provider News

> As the healthcare industry seeks to find ways to address the primary care shortage, a recent nationwide survey finds that patients are more open to care provided by physician assistants. FierceHealthcare spoke to John McGinnity, president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, about the profession and how it is set to fill the gaps in healthcare today. Article

> Health officials said the revised, stricter guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are more stringent and will help prevent further spread of the Ebola virus. Article

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