Senate introduces bill to exempt agents from MLR; Florida might suspend its rate review process;

News From Around the Web:

> New legislation in the Senate would change the reform law's medical-loss ratio provision to exclude agent compensation from the MLR formula for individual and small group markets, reported LifeHealthPro. Article

> Florida lawmakers have proposed temporarily suspending the state's rate review process so the federal government can help them determine whether th process complies with the reform law, reported Live Insurance News. Article

Health Provider News:

> Assigning patients a predictive score when they're discharged from a hospital could be a cost-effective method to help reduce readmissions. Article

> Large safety-net hospitals in urban areas are struggling to navigate their futures and find partners that would make them viable in the long term. Article

Health IT News:

> Massachusetts health officials sent hospitals an "advisory" letter last week outlining safety concerns regarding robotic surgery that could lead to serious damages. Article

> Electronic health record vendors need to improve the usability of their products and provide more guidance to their provider clients. Article

And Finally… If you can't remember where you put your keys, you might have a cold sore. Article

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