Florida Blue refunded $10M under MLR provision; BCBSIL aims to enroll 800,000 people into ACOs this year; Most voters think subsidies should be legal

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> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois aims to enroll about 800,000 members into accountable care organizations by the end of the year, Crain's Chicago Business reported. Article

> A majority of registered voters (58 percent) think Affordable Care Act subsidies should be legal for both the state and federal health insurance exchanges, according to a Morning Consult survey, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida had the biggest payout when it came to the medical-loss ratio. The state's largest insurer had to pay $10.1 million in refunds, reported MedCity NewsArticle

Health Provider News

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule updating Medicare payment policies and rates for general acute care and long-term care hospitals for fiscal year 2015. Article

> Patients admitted to hospital emergency departments (EDs) are at greater risk of death if another nearby ED recently closed, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Article

Health IT News

> South Dakota will receive funding to test the use of telemedicine to help people in remote areas of the state who have problems with drug and alcohol abuse. Article

> Primary care practices require sustained, focused efforts to effectively incorporate health IT into their work to improve care, according to a case study of practices. Article

> And finally … How to misplace a skeleton in a museum. Article