Insurance scams looming as a threat; Nonprofit status of health plans under fire;

> Medical Mutual Insurance of Ohio has joined Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, and numerous state agencies in warning the public against health insurance scams. Article

> Hospitals aren't the only ones getting pointed questions about their nonprofit status: Now Massachusetts lawmakers are questioning whether nonprofit health plans are meeting their community obligations, reports the State House News Service. Article

> The group-employed model of healthcare delivery (primary care and specialty care physicians on salary or under contract with physician groups) has thrived under existing payment systems and can offer some key lessons for creating effective accountable care organizations, according to The Commonwealth Fund. Issue brief

> Electronic medical records are "a double-edged sword," both helping and hindering physician communications with patients and clinicians, according to a Center for Studying Health System Change study. FierceEMR

> More diabetic adults are getting flu shots: In 2000, 40 percent of Americans with diabetes ages 18 to 64 said they received flu shots the previous year, but that number grew to 50.5 percent in 2007, reports the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Data brief

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