Former CEO sues Highmark for $32M; CareFirst to raise rates for exchange plans by 26 percent;

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> The former president and CEO of Highmark, Kenneth Melani, is suing the Pittsburgh-based health insurer for $32 million in severance and damages, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Melani was fired in 2012 following his arrest due to a physical confrontation with the husband of a woman with whom he was having a relationship. Article

> The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, which includes eight hospitals and other providers in Colorado, Kansas and Montana, has sued Blue Cross and Blue Shield in federal court, "seeking declaration of non-infringement and cancellation of a Blue Cross trademark," according to the Courthouse News Service. Article

> CareFirst customers who buy plans through Maryland's health insurance exchange will see rate increases of as much as 26 percent, the Baltimore Sun reports. But as CEO Chet Burrell tells the newspaper, "we wish we didn't have to ask for an increase at all." Article

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> In their search for innovative solutions to healthcare problems, hospital leaders have taken inspiration from several unlikely sources, from Disney to car manufacturers. Now Houston's MD Anderson Cancer Center, seeking to improve patient safety and standardize care, is looking to two more sources: the racing and aviation industries. Article

Health IT News

> Benefits offered by telemedicine "must be measured against the risks and challenges associated with its use," the American College of Physicians states in a position paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Article

And finally… Don't drink and drive. Article

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