Senator no longer fears healthcare reform 'train wreck'; Federal watchdogs won't review insurance exchange security;

News From Around the Web:

> Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) no longer fears the reform law will be a "train wreck" as he previously warned. "We'll see Oct. 1, but I think they are doing a pretty good job," Baucus told the Fox Business Network. "I think the train is going to keep running, maybe not totally on time, but it's going to be pretty efficient," reported The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

> Cigna is partnering with MyFitnessPal, a wellness tracking platform with 40 million members, to include MyFitnessPal's nutrition, physical activity and weight management resource with Cigna's health coaching programs, MobiHealthNews reported. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is opening a service center where about 150 workers will offer customer service and support for policyholders, providers and other healthcare professionals, reported the Great Falls Tribune. Article

> By this December, Highmark will no longer offer its individual "guaranteed-issue" plans, which are special policies offered by Highmark and Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers that are available to all consumers regardless of health history. The decision affects almost 40,000 policyholders throughout Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Article

Health Provider News:

> A new NBC/WSJ poll shows the reform law remains unpopular with the American public with 44 percent calling it a bad idea and 31 percent believing it's a good idea. Article

> Bon Secours Hospital wants to try a new payment model, in which the Baltimore hospital would address community health problems to lower admissions. Article

Health IT News:

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched a new website that helps providers engage patients in determining the best way to share their electronic information. Article

> Limited resources will keep federal watchdogs from conducting reviews of draft and final security plans for health insurance exchange sites. Article

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