Independence Blue Cross selling its FutureScripts pharmacy-benefits arm; BCBSVT launches toolkit to combat childhood obesity;

> Independence Blue Cross is selling its pharmacy-benefits arm--FutureScripts LLC and FutureScripts Secure LLC--to Maryland-based Catalyst Health in a deal reportedly worth $225 million, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Article

> In an attempt to improve communication between pediatricians and their patients with regard to childhood obesity and diabetes prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont launched the Good Health Club Physician Toolkit-unique educational materials. The toolkit will be ready for use by doctors prior to this coming school year. Press release

> In 2007, private insurance covered 39 percent of all ED visits, according to a National Health Statistics report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uninsured patients--defined as self-pay and no charge or charity, where no other payment source was reported--represented 15 percent of visits. Data brief

And Finally... So their colors were gray and...orange, perhaps? Or maybe black and white. Either way, the bracelets were a nice touch. Article

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