Harvard Pilgrim clarifies its compounding policy; Independence Blue Cross wants to redesign its corporate structure;

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> Harvard Pilgrim wants to clarify its policy regarding compounded drugs. After the insurer announced it wouldn't cover the medications and was subsequently sued, Harvard Pilgrim wants to "plainly and clearly" state that it will provide coverage for compounded drugs--as long as they're medically necessary, reported the Boston Herald. Article

> Independence Blue Cross wants to redesign its corporate structure. In a request to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, IBC said its corporate structure has become unnecessarily complex based on the current healthcare market, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported. Article

> Cigna has launched new international products that help members obtain the benefit of various plans while meeting their specific health requirements and budget, according to Insurance Business Review. Article

Health Provider News

> Hospitals should focus on communicating with patients and giving them personal attention to help deliver exceptional customer service, says Cleveland Clinic's chief experience officer. Article

> About 180 California hospitals worked together to eliminate hospital-acquired infections, saving 3,576 lives and an estimated $64 million in healthcare costs, according to a report from the National Health Foundation. Article

Health IT News

> Big data is "going viral" at Ochsner Health System, and the eight-hospital system based in New Orleans has achieved return on investment from the data warehouse it built over the last three years, CIO Chris Belmont told FierceHealthIT. Article

> Patients with electronic medical records available through online portals are more satisfied with their doctors and more loyal than non-electronic health record users, according to a new study. Article

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