Humana launches ACO with Banner Health; Georgia might repeal extra health benefits;

> Humana has launched a new accountable care organization with Banner Health in Arizona that will offer incentives to Banner's doctors to increase quality and reduce waste, reported the Phoenix Business Journal. Article

> Tufts Health Plan CEO James Roosevelt Jr., who is the grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, is on the short list to lead the Social Security Administration, according to The Boston Globe. He previously helped review the Administration for President Barack Obama's transition team and was associate commissioner for retirement policy for the agency under President Bill Clinton. Article

> President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 1845, which simplifies compliance with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act by making it easier for insurers to reimburse the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a beneficiary's treatment, reported Business Insurance. Article

> Georgia likely will repeal the state's required health coverage benefits that aren't mandated under the reform law as essential health benefits that insurers must offer if they sell plans within a health insurance exchange, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. Article

And Finally… Preventing strokes with a walk around the block. Article