Cigna creates new ACO in Virginia; States test Medicaid psych care payments;

>Highmark has hired Bob McCaughan to become its new vice president of pre-hospital services. McCaughan, who previously was the Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services Chief, will be in charge of emergency patient care for Highmark's new integrated health care delivery system, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Article

> Cigna has created a new accountable care organization with Fairfax Family Practice Centers in Virginia that aims to reform financial incentives for doctors to make their care more accountable, the Washington Business Journal reported. Article

> Some states are testing whether the federal government should pay for Medicaid patients who seek emergency psychiatric care at private psychiatric hospitals, reported Kaiser Health News. "We're hoping this will at least facilitate inpatient treatment for sufficient periods to get people stabilized," said Ron Honberg, the national director for policy and legal affairs at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Article

> And Finally... Green isn't just the color of envy. It's also for creativity. Article