Hacking tool used on OPM may be same one used on Anthem; UHC and Presbyterian form ACO in New Mexico;

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> The Chinese People's Liberation Army--the group suspected of hacking the Office of Personnel Management--may have used the same rare tool to remotely control computers during Anthem's hack earlier this year, reports Reuters. Article

> The House voted Tuesday to strike down a federal panel that aims to control Medicare spending, reports the Associated Press. The Obama administration threatened to veto the bill, saying eliminating the panel would deter efforts to rein in Medicare costs. Article

> UnitedHealthcare and Presbyterian Healthcare Services have created a new accountable care organization for nearly 12,300 New Mexico residents enrolled in UHC's employer-sponsored plans. The insurer will provide Presbyterian with support to manage overall population health as well as data on patient profiles. Announcement

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> Two new reports released by the Office of Inspector General indicate that rising Medicare Part D costs linked to commonly abused opioids, coupled with questionable billing practices and geographic fraud hotspots, point to missed opportunities for fraud prevention by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Article

> Post-acute care providers in Florida are feeling the heat of fraud and false claims enforcement and paying the price in the form of multi-million dollar settlements. Article

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