Lawmaker alleges MLR ratio leads to fraud; UnitedHealth, Lifespan enter shared savings partnership;

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> Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) claimed the reform law's medial-loss ratio could lead to fraudulent activity, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Because most insurers' anti-fraud efforts are considered administrative expenses, they fall under the MLR's 20 percent of spending. Article

> UnitedHealth and Providence-based health system Lifespan have entered into a "shared savings" program similar to an accountable care organization. The agreement focuses on collaborative care and paying for quality instead of quantity, the Associated Press reported. Article

Provider News:

> Price transparency can educate emergency doctors about costs associated with certain procedures and, as a result, help hospitals address inefficiencies that drive up costs, researchers said. Article

> About 40 percent of doctors aren't willing to participate in accountable care organizations, mostly because they fear ACOs will take away their control of care. Article

Health IT News:

> Developing a computer-based intervention to improve medication adherence among HIV patients becomes more cost-effective the longer patients stay on track and as the number of users grows. Article

> New research finds that using a Nintendo Wii might be a helpful and inexpensive part of supplemental training for young laparoscopic surgeons. Article

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