Highmark's ACA plan membership drops off; OptumRx, Walgreens team up

> Membership in Highmark's Affordable Care Act plans has dropped almost 50 percent this year, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. The insurer has moved to stem its losses on the individual market by raising premiums and cutting physician payments. Article

> UnitedHealth subsidiary OptumRx and Walgreens announced a partnership that will "create a new pharmacy solution to meet consumers' changing prescription drug needs and help employers, health plans and their members achieve better health outcomes and greater cost savings." Announcement

> A coalition of business and labor groups is in the midst of a campaign to warn against coming Medicare Advantage cuts that it says would reduce benefits for millions of retirees, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Article

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> Only a quarter of U.S. hospitals meet patient safety guidelines for patient safety regarding central line-associated blood stream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections, according to a new study conducted by the Leapfrog Group and consulting firm Castlight Health. Article

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> More doctors are prescribing exercise to treat their patients' chronic health conditions rather than medications, according to an NBC Connecticut report. Article

And finally… Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Article

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