Humana, Iora Health open primary care practices; Lawsuit targets Georgia Blues;

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> Humana and Iora Health will expand their partnership by opening seven primary care practices across Arizona, Colorado and Washington. Announcement

> Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross and the Crozer-Keystone Health System renewed their accountable care payment model agreement that allows the health plan's members to receive in-network care at all facilities and providers affiliated with Crozer-Keystone. Announcement

> Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine filed a lawsuit on behalf of 11 surgical centers and their patients alleging that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia cut payments to doctors outside of its coverage network while at the same time raising premiums, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Article

PracticeManagement News

> It's no secret the healthcare industry is in the midst of a transformation, as more practices consider new delivery and payment models to help achieve the Triple Aim of improved care, better population health and lower costs. What's less certain are the particular changes practices should make to adapt. Article

Provider News

> Although many patients will travel to a major medical center, hospital system or specialty center to treat a serious condition or undergo major surgery, in some cases, the local community hospital may be a better option, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report. Article

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