Humana partners with Eli Lilly in research collaboration; Anthem angers Maine residents;

News From Around the Web:

> Humana has partnered with Eli Lilly to create a joint research collaboration that pools the companies' resources to identify and analyze data to help improve healthcare outcomes, according to a statement from the companies. The partnership is a multi-year agreement, under which Humana and Lilly will study different disease states, including the impact of interventions on outcomes, adherence programs, disease management and pharmacoeconomics. Statement

> Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's proposal to transfer individual members to a limited network plan led hundreds of Maine residents to turn up for a public hearing, reported the Portland Press Herald. They criticized the plan for eliminating several hospitals from the network. Article

> The Office of Inspector General has determined the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services overpaid Alabama $88 million for its Children Health Insurance Program, according to an OIG report. Audit

Health Provider News:

> When a medical group enters into an accountable care organization contract with a payer, the benefits reach beyond just the patients covered by the ACO, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

> Medicare reimburses doctors up to five times more for performing common procedures than for cognitive care, allowing specialists to generate more revenue in an hour or two than a primary care physician makes in a day, finds a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Article

Health IT News:

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has dropped the requirement that organizations report all data breaches involving health insurance exchanges within one hour of discovery. Article

> Healthcare IT spending will top $34.5 billion in North America in 2014, according to a new report by research firm Technology Business Research. Article

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