Heath insurance mergers bad for consumers, former state official says; Premium rates in long-term care insurance go up without a warning;

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> John Oxendine, former Georgia insurance commissioner, says the recently announced health insurer mergers are bad news for consumers because they eliminate competition to control prices, Jacksonville.com reported. Article

> Without prior notice, long-term care insurance rates increased for new enrollees in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, The Washington Post reported. Article

> To improve healthcare quality and reduce costs, Healthcare Interactive Inc., GBMC HealthCare and Group Benefit Services Inc.announced the launch of a new patient-centered medical plan in Baltimore called Habeo Health. Announcement

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> ImagineCare is the new brain child of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, and brings together experts who work in retail, entertainment and more to look at physical, mental and emotional health. Article

> Hospital systems that use Hospira Symbiq Infusion Systems should transition to a different infusion system "as soon as possible" due to cybersecurity concerns with the Hospira model, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Article

And finally…  Wish I could be part of their world. Article

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