IBC reaches new contracts with two hospitals; People are leery of insurance info;

> To evaluate whether patient-centered medical homes are successful, payers and providers should analyze two domains of outcomes--cost/utilization and clinical quality, the Commonwealth Fund said in a report. Many of the 10 specific measures focus on offering comprehensive care to diabetics, including hemoglobin testing, blood pressure control, eye exam and medical attention for nephropathy, reported FierceHealthcare. Article

> Independence Blue Cross (IBC) has reached new contracts with Tenet Healthcare-owned Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. As part of the new agreement, which runs through 2014, both hospitals agreed to implement IBC's performance incentive program that rewards providers for providing high-quality, cost-effective care, reported the Philadelphia Business Journal. Article

> More than half respondents in a poll by consultants Peppers & Rogers Group said they were leery of information provided by their health plan, reported FierceHealthIT. The poll found that only 43 percent trust information provided by the health plan, though that trust rises with physicians (46 percent) and pharmacists (43 percent). Article

> And Finally… You're fooling yourself if you don't have a good sense of humor. Article