Cigna launches ACO in New York; Premiums increase without individual mandate;

> Cigna has launched a collaborative medical home initiative in New York with the Weill Cornell Physician Organization. Nurses will act as coordinators identifying and reaching out to patients at risk for hospital readmission, overdue for important health screenings or have skipped a prescription refill, reported Business Insurance. Article

> Insurance premiums could increase 25 percent if the healthcare law is implemented without an individual mandate, according to a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, because costs would rise and fewer people would be insured, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

> A Medicare plan for members with diabetes that incorporated house calls reduced hospitalizations while increasing care, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Diabetes patients in the Medicare home care program spent 19 percent fewer days in the hospital than those on traditional Medicare fee-for-service plans, MedPage Today reported. Article

> And Finally... Family dog the prime suspect in wedding ring heist. Article