UnitedHealth's 2016 revenue slightly below estimates; BCBS Tennessee app helps employers get best value from health plans;

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> UnitedHealth Group Inc., ahead of its investor conference Tuesday, projected revenue next year that falls just shy of analysts' estimates, according to the Wall Street Journal. Article

> A new mobile app from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will allow employers to identify and monitor health plan trends as well as track the impact of their healthcare initiatives among their employees. Announcement

> An Affordable Care Act repeal bill may finally land on President Barack Obama's desk, as Senate Republicans are lining up behind a more aggressive plan to repeal the law through a majority-vote budget mechanism known as reconciliation, Politico reports. Article

Health Finance News

> According to a Duke University physician and behavioral scientist, fair pricing at hospitals may actually lead to a reduction in revenue. California's decade-old fair pricing law limited what hospitals could charge for uninsured patients, which has caused the sum collected by hospitals for every dollar in gross price charged to dropped from 32 percent to 11 percent. Article

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> Lahey Hospital and Medical Center agreed to pay $850,000 and implement a robust corrective action plan in a HIPAA settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights stemming from the 2011 theft of a laptop. The laptop hard drive contained the protected health information of 599 patients. Article

And finally… Wax on, wax off. Article

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