Minnesota Blues plan to cut 450 IT positions; Tufts Health Plan to partner with Iora Health for primary care;

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> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota plans to cut about 450 IT positions over the next four years as part of its "overall strategy to have the right structures in place to meet current and future needs in a changing health insurance market," Twin-Cities.com reports. Article

> Massachusetts-based Tufts Health Plan will contract with Iora Health to run two new primary care clinics for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees, Healthcare Payer News reports. Article

> Missouri's place among the five states that do not allow their insurance departments to review the cost of policies "shows a deplorable lack of concern for consumers and a stable insurance market," according to an opinion piece from the Kansas City Star. Opinion piece

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> Thousands of doctors in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System list medical degrees from universities that no longer exist, all of which went unnoticed by CMS, and often the physicians themselves. Article

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> A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals healthcare leaders could prevent 619,000 hospital-acquired infections and 37,000 deaths over the next five years--but only if they work together. Article

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