Kansas Blues teams with Red Cross for disaster response; Women more likely to get screenings if free;

News From Around the Web:

> The Missouri Department of Insurance approved Aetna's purchase of Coventry Health Care for $5.7 billion, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Article 

> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has teamed up with the American Red Cross to train some of its employees to respond to natural disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and fires, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Article

> Women may be more likely to get screened for breast and cervical cancers if they don't have to pay for the tests, a new study from Japan reveals, reported Reuters. Article

Health Provider News:

> Researchers at Boston University Medical Center have updated a set of steps hospitals can take to reduce readmissions, including overcoming language barriers. Article

> Programs are emerging that can help providers care for elderly patients' physical and social needs, leading to greater patient and physician satisfaction. Article

Health IT News:

> Self-managed online interventions aren't effective for people with diabetes. And any benefits realized faded after six months. Article

> A bipolar patient has developed an app called Mood Watch, which has been endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation, to help track mood disorders and better understand behavioral patterns. Article

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