Cigna sees results with its Collaborative Care initiative; Covered California issued ruling on costly cancer meds;

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> Cigna's Collaborative Care initiative, designed to accomplish similar population health goals as accountable care organizations, already is seeing successful results, the insurer announced recently. For example, the program has reduced emergency room visits for non-emergency care. Announcement

> Amid Aetna's decision to rage the minimum wage for its workers to $16 an hour, the insurer now plans to expand health benefits next year for about 5,700 Aetna employees, Healthcare Finance reported. Article

> Covered California issued rules Thursday that aim to cap the price of costly medications used to treat cancer and chronic illnesses, reported NPR. The rules are set to take effect in 2016. Article

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> Even as the number of insured Americans increases post-Affordable Care Act, the benefits aren't trickling down to disproportionate share hospitals, which will feel the brunt of ACA-mandated cuts in the next few years. Article

> Safety-net hospital leaders this week were successful in their efforts to keep the 340B drug program intact. Article

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