Humana CMO says healthcare to become 'democratized'; Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to announce Medicaid expansion plan;

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> Humana Senior Vice President and CMO Roy Beveridge, M.D., told an audience Tuesday at the MedCity Engage conference that he foresees healthcare becoming more democratized as consumers continually choose retail clinics and telemedicine over traditional physician office visits, reports MedCity News. Article

> Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, will announce plans Thursday to expand Medicaid to more than 40,000 uninsured residents, reports Reuters. A spokeswoman says Walker is weighing options to implement the program through legislation or do it on his own. Article

> Cigna and South Florida-based PrimeHealth Physicians announced a new collaborative care initiative, effective July 1, that will benefit more than 5,300 Cigna members. Article

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> Patient portal use in the healthcare industry has the potential to reduce disparities in care for minority groups and people with lower health literacy; however, that promise has yet to be realized, according to a paper at PLOS Medicine. Article

> While the 21st Century Cures Act is supported by many industry stakeholders, at least one powerhouse, the American Hospital Association, has significant concerns about how it would impose penalties against information blockers. Article

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