House subcommittee holds hearing on ACA proposal; Reference payment initiative saves state retirement system $7 million;

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> The House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing Wednesday to discuss legislation to modify the ACA to designate businesses with 51 to 100 workers as large employers for purposes of health insurance markets in an effort to reduce costs. Announcement

> Access to midwives and 24-hour obstetrician coverage, already shown to decrese the number of C-sections among women covered by public health insurance, appears to produce the same results among privately insured women, according to a study published in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal. Study

> A reference payment initiative that encouraged patients to use low-cost facilities for colonoscopies saved the California Public Employees' Retirement System $7 million, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Study

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> In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Mike Abrams, president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association, discusses the association's collaboration with the Sepsis Alliance to reduce death from sepsis in the state by 35 percent. Article

> "Behavioral economics" may hold the key to medication adherence, according to an article in the Washington Post. Patients who were eligble to take part in a small lottery if they took their medications properly were more likely to do so, according to preliminary results. Article

And finally… The Dukes of Hazzard would be proud. Article