UnitedHealth helps California hospitals buy IT; Highmark honored for improving access to high quality, affordable care;

> Highmark was recognized for its innovative and successful approach to improving access to high quality, safe and affordable health care for consumers. Highmark's pay-for-performance program, which emphasizes safety and cost reduction, covers 64 hospitals. Press Release

> UnitedHealth will purchase $10 million in bonds to help certain California hospitals enhance their information technology capabilities, reports HDM News.  Article

> AHIP wants federal agencies to help update coding and billing practices to make new preventive services benefits requirements work properly, reports the National Underwriter.  Article

> Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nevada created two new tools--grandfathering tool and a tax calculator tool--to help businesses navigate health care changes. Press Release

> Insurance agent groups want to exclude agent and broker commissions from medical loss ratio calculations because carriers pass 100 percent of commission payments to other parties, reports the National Underwriter. Article

> Mayo Clinic and UnitedHealth have begun a new network relationship, giving UnitedHealth customers in-network access to Mayo Clinic physicians and hospitals beginning Nov. 1, notes the Kansas City Star. Article

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