Louisiana Healthcare Connections reports data breach affecting Medicaid beneficiaries; Oklahoma-based provider sues Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

> Louisiana Healthcare Connections has reported a data breach that affects more than 13,000 Medicaid recipients. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office arrested an individual Jan. 27 who is accused of using another individual's information to download a list of LHCC members that the person then gave to a provider who should not have received it. Announcement

> Humana Inc. is being sued by the maker of new test for colorectal cancer for allegedly denying payment for screenings performed on more than 4,600 patients, which would violate state and federal law, according to the Courier-Journal. Article

> Oklahoma-based Bristow Endeavor Healthcare has filed a lawsuit against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, accusing it of teaming up with rivals to steer them away from its services, Becker's Hospital Review reports. Article

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> Healthcare spending has dropped considerably in recent years, a trend proponents of the Affordable Care Act attribute to the implementation of the healthcare law. But a closer look shows other factors at play. Article

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> A federal initiative to reduce preventable hospital admissions among nursing home residents has returned encouraging early result: Medicare expenditures fell for all seven demonstration sites and all-cause hospitalizations and potentially avoidable hospitalizations fell across sites. Article

And finally… Miss Utility may have something to say about this. Article