Mass. drops employer mandate; Cigna launches own private exchange;

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> The Massachusetts health insurance exchange's board of directors decided to drop the employer mandate, no longer requiring companies in the state to either offer health insurance to their employees or pay an annual $295-per-employee fine, reported Business Insurance. Article

> Cigna launched its proprietary private health insurance exchange, which is available to its current and prospective clients beginning Sept. 1, to offer companies a new approach to providing employees insurance coverage. The exchange will include live customer service for enrollees, plus access to the insurer's provider network, Insurance Business Review reported. Article

> A new analysis from Morning Consult found that 72 percent of Republican workers are concerned that their employers will shift their health coverage to a health insurance exchange, compared to 60 percent of Democrats who worry about the same thing, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

Health Provider News

> Hospitals should reconsider whether physical restraints are a good tool to use, especially in the intensive care unit as they could be ineffective or harmful in some situations. Article

> Hospital leaders frequently incorporate design when they remodel facilities in order to improve population health and community wellness. But many organizations now try to prominently display works of art to reduce patient stress and boost satisfaction. Article

Health IT News

> More hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are using telemedicine to help provide care for people who live in rural areas and are can't easily get needed access to healthcare. Article

> Data security is one of the healthcare industry's biggest obstacles, and the key to addressing that is understanding and identifying areas of risk, says Blair Smith, Ph.D., dean of Informatics-Management-Technology at American Sentinel University. Article

> And finally …This spider wants its news up close and personal. Article