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> The Connecticut Insurance Department has set up a new Mental Health Parity website that includes a template for families and providers to use to submit preauthorization requests to health insurers for behavioral health services, reported the Fairfield Daily Voice. Article

> The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said about 49,000 new Medicaid cards were mailed to wrong addresses, the Associated Press reported. The agency said it will keep an eye on the affected Medicaid accounts for potential fraud. Article

> Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) plans to sue the Obama administration over the federal contributions lawmakers and their staffs get for health insurance that, according to Republicans like Johnson, give lawmakers and congressional aides special treatment unavailable to others seeking coverage on the exchanges. according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late last month updated its equipment maintenance guidelines requiring all medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment in hospitals to be maintained according to the manufacturer's recommended standards. Article

> Standalone imaging centers are expected to be hit hard by Medicare imaging cuts that went into effect Jan. 1, with some providers seeing cuts approaching 40 percent for certain MRI procedures. Article

And Finally... New Year's resolution won't become habit until March. Article

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