Federal shutdown could delay payments to Humana; Harvard Pilgrim to reenter Medicare Advantage market;

News From Around the Web:

> The shutdown of the federal government could delay payments to Humana as part of its contract to administer military health services, leaving the insurer potentially on the hook for up to $175 million in claims, Reuters reported. Article

> Harvard Pilgrim is reentering the Medicare Advantage market after a three-year hiatus, reported the Boston Business Journal. Article

> Humana is partnering with CVS to educate consumers about coverage options under the reform law. The collaboration involves Humana representatives participating in CVS events throughout the country, Business First reported. Article

Health Provider News:

> Seattle Children's Hospital has sued Washington state's insurance department, claiming the health insurance exchange will prevent some patients from receiving care at its hospital. Article  

> Accountable care organizations are created largely because of provider integration, not high medical spending, according to a new study in Health Affairs. Article

Health IT News:

> The medical technology industry must redefine innovation if it wants to compete in a health economy with higher expectations for value and convenience, according to a new report from the PwC Health Research Institute. Article

> A Massachusetts General Hospital program offering modest financial incentives to salaried physicians significantly helped the facility meet goals for electronic health record adoption as well as improve quality and efficiency and communication with patients. Article

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