Ohio premiums expected to jump 90%; UnitedHealth reorganizes after Tricare problems;

News From Around the Web:

> Ohio regulators warned premiums could soar by almost 90 percent for health plans sold through the state's health insurance exchange, which will be administered by the federal government, reported The Hill's Healthwatch. In Ohio, 14 insurers applied to sell plans through the online marketplace, where the average premium for an individual policy could increase 88 percent from $223 per month to $420. Article

> UnitedHealth has reorganized its leadership team to respond to problems it had administering its new Tricare contract. The insurer named Tina Jonas, a former undersecretary of defense, as president at UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, a newly created position, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Article

> Cigna signed a 10-year contract with pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp., which is based in Canada, Reuters reported. Article

Health Provider News:

> Hospitals can follow six steps to improve nutrition and help prevent readmissions, particularly since malnutrition leads to higher costs, longer length of stay and poor outcomes. Article

> Medicare could save $1.4 billion per year by pushing doctors to prescribe generic drugs. Article

Health IT News:

> A new web-based tool allows providers to determine their return on investment for remote patient monitoring technologies. Article

> Intermountain Healthcare plans to develop and share security best practices with fellow hospitals and healthcare organizations after audits uncovered holes in its overall approach to privacy protection. Article

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