Vermont CO-OP makes changes to board; Cigna launches new ACO in Massachusetts;

News From Around the Web:

> The Vermont Health CO-OP has replaced its chairman and added new directors to the board in response to the state's denial of its application to become a licensed health insurer, reported the Burlington Free Press. Article

> Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield disclosed its networked doctors and hospitals within the plan it intends to sell on Maine's health insurance exchange, reported the Morning Sentinel. Article

> Cigna is introducing another accountable care program--its first in Massachusetts--with Springfield's Baycare Health Partners. The program starts July 1 and will affect more than 17,000 Cigna members who receive care from Baycare's 413 primary care physicians, the Hartford Business Journal reported. Article

Health Provider News:

> Some New York doctors fear healthcare reform, which is adding millions of people to insurance rolls, will overwhelm primary care physicians. Article

> Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation that would open up all Medicare claims to public scrutiny, noting that additional Medicare claims transparency could curb wasteful overspending. Article

Health IT News:

> Many caregivers are taking advantage of technology to gather information about medical problems and treatments, as 59 percent of survey respondents with Internet access said that online resources have been "helpful" to their care efforts. Article

> The University of California, Davis Health System's electronic health record systems will soon include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity soon as "standardized demographic elements." Article

And Finally… Who says cats and dogs can't be friends? Article