Kaiser Permanente's income jumps 64%; BCBSMI awards $75M to specialty docs for improving quality;

> Kaiser Permanente's hospital and health plan units saw their second quarter net income soar 64 percent, from $404 million a year ago to $663 million for the quarter ending June 30, reports the San Francisco Business Times. Article

> Cigna is offering its customers in Phoenix the opportunity to reduce their out-of-pocket costs if they receive primary care services at a Cigna Medical Group facility, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. The insurer's new primary care benefit design will reduce co-payments by $10 to $30. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has awarded more than $75 million in bonus payments to specialty physicians in its network for making quality improvements and lowering patient care costs, Crain's Detroit Business reports. Article

> Highmark sued a former manager of one of its Highmark Direct stores, saying she sent company information to her home computer before she left the company. The five-count lawsuit includes breach of contract and breach of confidentiality counts, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Article

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