Humana to hire 600 temporary workers; Xerox to acquire RSA Medical to boost payer-support services;

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> The Aug. 31 deadline to correct tax-filing issues is fast approaching for the estimated 1.8 million households that could risk losing their health insurance subsidies if they fail to file a complete return with the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Associated Press. Article

> Humana will hire about 600 temporary enrollment specialists to review and process Medicare Advantage applications, Louisville Business First reports. Article

> Xerox has announced it will acquire RSA Medical, a health assessment and risk management provider, to expand Xerox's ability to "support healthcare payers throughout all stages of member engagement." Announcement

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> Americans have deeply conflicted views about the pharmaceutical sector, grateful that the prescription medications help improve their health, but generally skeptical as to the reasons behind their cost increases, according to a new tracking poll by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Article

> So-called "cowboy doctors"--clinicians who provide intensive, but unnecessary care--account for more than a third of all Medicare expenditures at the end of life and 12 percent of all Medicare expenditures overall, according to a new study by Harvard University researchers. Article

And finally… That will come out of your allowance, mister. Article