Cigna, NY AG settle claims of wrongfully denied benefits; Meaningful Use registration numbers lowest since last summer;

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> The New York attorney general's office has settled with Cigna over wrongful denial of claims. The health insurer must reprocess and pay hundreds of claims for nutritional counseling for mental health conditions to members who were wrongfully denied those benefits. Announcement

> Despite calls to shut down Maryland's glitchy exchange website, Gov. Martin O'Malley's office said the state will keep it running and will not switch to the federal version, The Baltimore Sun reported. Article

> UnitedHealthcare failed to inform about 5,000 members in Ohio about hundreds of dropped Medicare Advantage doctors, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Article

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> Participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program carries on, with more than 83 percent of eligible hospitals and 49 percent of eligible professionals attesting, and close to $18 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments issued as of November 2013, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Article

> Determining medical students' individual beliefs about the' usefulness and usability of electronic health records can enable medical schools to better tailor EHR training and improve clinicians' acceptance of the systems, according to a new study in the AHIMA Foundation's Perspectives in Health Information Management. Article

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