CareFirst reaches deal with CVS; Cigna won't participate in D.C.-area exchanges;

News From Around the Web:

> CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield has reached a three-year deal with CVS Caremark to provide pharmacy benefit and other services for its more than 1 million commercial and Medicare Part D members starting next year, reported Reuters. Article

> Cigna announced it won't participate in the Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. health insurance exchanges, primarily because it doesn't already sell individual plans in those markets, the Washington Business Journal reported. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota CEO Michael Guyette's company reorganization has led to the departure of Chief Operating Officer Jim Eppel, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Article

> Aetna launched a new patient-centered medical home with Carolinas HealthCare System that requires the Charlotte, N.C. hospital system to meet certain cost-savings criteria tied to better coordination of care, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. Article
 

Health Provider News:
> The "dirty little secret" about coordinated care is that no one is responsible for it, says a Harvard health policy analyst and a nationally recognized patient safety leader. Article

> A new "person-centered" healthcare framework incorporating Medicare, Medicaid and insurance reform could improve care and save $300 billion over the next 10 years, a new report predicts. Article

Health IT News:

> Although healthcare organizations understand the risks of a privacy breach, they don't take proper steps to prevent one, according to a recent report that found 94 percent of organizations suffered a breach within the last two years. Article

> Excessive federal regulation of health information exchange will inhibit innovation and development, the eHealth Initiative told CMS. Article

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