Energy exec joins WellPoint board; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio bought by Catholic Health Partners;

News From Around the Web:

> WellPoint has appointed an energy executive to fill one of three empty positions on its board of directors. Lewis Hay III is executive chairman of NextEra Energy Inc., a Florida-based provider of electricity services, reported the Indianapolis Star. Article

> Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio is being acquired by Catholic Health Partners, which will continue operating the health plan and its medical group practice, the Business Courier reported. The new organization will provide care for more than 80,000 current Kaiser Permanente Ohio members. Article

Health Provider News:

> Despite the health industry's emphasis on patient-centered care, research shows little consistency in how physician-patient interactions promote shared and informed decision-making. Article

> Patients struggling to control their weight also tend to have a hard time finding a doctor they want to stick with, thus compromising continuity of care for a population at increased risk for health problems. Article

Health IT News:

> Alert overload and the fatigue it causes can complicate treatment and lead to adverse patient results, according to a case study published in the June issue of Pediatrics. Article

> The use of Apple iPads for certain tasks in an internal medicine residency program fell short of initial high expectations, although users reported overall satisfaction with the tools, according to a new study. Article

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