RWJF announces 'Developers' Challenge' to build tools for ACA consumers; CareFirst to award nearly $3M to telemedicine programs

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> The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will hold its third annual Developers' Challenge, which offers cash prizes for building tools that help consumers better understand the coverage and costs of prescription drugs in plans offered through the Affordable Care Act. Website

> CareFirst plans to award nearly $3 million to 10 healthcare organizations in Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia that are using telemedicine to expand care access to underserved communities. Announcement

> A new survey conducted by private exchange Liazon finds that 95 percent of employees prefer to select their own benefits and 72 percent of private exchange users say they are more likely to continue with their employment because of their benefits program. Survey results

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> Fifty-one United States senators have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to closely consider its payment rules for outpatient centers operated by hospitals off their campuses, AHA News Now reported. Article

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> Retail clinics have grown in popularity with patients, and that demand may reap benefits for the healthcare system overall, according to a blog post on Health Affairs. Article

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