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

News From Around the Web

> 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

Health IT News

> 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

Suggested Articles

The Trump administration released its regulatory agenda that includes estimates on when major rules on drug prices and interoperability will be out

Year by year, resistance to extending Medicaid to more low-income Americans in conservative states has given way.

Though a Medicare buy-in plan would likely lower costs for older adults, it could lead to higher premiums for younger people in the exchanges.