UnitedHealth CEO pay out of sorts with median employee salary; BCBSNC opens care facility;

> UnitedHealth Group had the highest ratio of CEO pay to median employee pay (1,737-to-1) among the top Fortune 50 companies, The Hartford Courant reports. Chief Executive Stephen Hemsley received nearly $102 million in total compensation last year, according to Payscale.com, while the worker in the middle of the pay scale makes $58,700. Article

> Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has opened a primary care facility where a team of healthcare professionals, including physicians, a pharmacist, and a nutritionist, which will provide coordinated care for patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obstructive lung disease, major depression, and asthma, reports the Charlotte News and Observer. Article

> After ending talks three weeks ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Tufts Medical Center have reached a three-year health agreement that will allow almost 90,000 Blue Cross members to continue seeing their Tufts doctors and using the hospital. The deal takes effect Jan. 1 and gives Tufts and its New England Quality Care Alliance doctors group an average increase of 3 percent across their network, reports The Boston Globe. Article

> The Department of Labor has released a new rule granting the agency more authority to take action against operators of multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWA), according to the New York Times Prescriptions blog. MEWAs allegedly have defrauded small businesses and their workers of hundreds of millions of dollars and left them stuck with unpaid medical bills. The rule allows the Secretary of Labor to issue a "cease and desist order" when federal officials believe fraud is taking place and, freeze assets, and stop marketing and certain other business practices. Blod post

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