Humana distributes more than $77 million in quality rewards; Highmark, UPMC reach agreement about in-network care;

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> Humana announced Thursday that it awarded $77.2 million to physician groups across the United States who participated in the insurer's Provider Quality Rewards Program and have demonstrated quality care outcomes since 2012. Announcement

> Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have reached an agreement about which Highmark members will retain in-network access to UPMC providers. Announcement (.pdf)

> The federal government has issued final rules for grandfathered plans, pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, dependent coverage, appeals and patient protections under the Affordable Care Act. Final rules (.pdf)

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> While hospitals closely monitor medical errors, they rarely give public access to detailed information about them. This "culture of secrecy" within healthcare often prevents the victims of medical malpractice from getting the full picture. Article

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> There are still many questions surrounding whether or not providers and patients should finance gene therapy treatment, especially since such care could come with a seven-figure price tag. Article

And finally… Keep the change, ya filthy animal. Article

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