Fitch upholds negative view of Anthem merger; Data show surge in Medi-Cal enrollment;

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> Fitch Ratings Inc. will uphold the negative ratings watch status that it assigned to Anthem which is based on the projected effect of its pending acquisition of Cigna, according to the publication Business Insurance. Article

> Medi-Cal enrollment among California adults younger than 65 rose from 12.9 percent in 2013 to 19.2 percent in 2014, according to new data from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Fact sheet

> More than 600,000 people enrolled in public and private insurance through Maryland's health exchange during open enrollment this year, the Baltimore Sun reports. Article

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> ​Patients with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, those discharged on Fridays, those who have long lengths of stay, and those with a high number of previous emergency department visits are at a greater risk for unplanned and expensive hospital readmissions, new research shows. Article

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> Doctors who are still practicing can make for good chief information officers because they know the business and the operations, according to Thomas McGill, CIO at Chicora, Pennsylvania-based Butler Health System. Article

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