Virginia consumer group wants public review of insuer mergers; CMS looks to test accuracy of MA, Part D provider directories

> The Virginia Campaign for Consumer Choice is advocating for the state to conduct a public review of the proposed mergers between Aetna and Humana as well as Anthem and Cigna. Announcement

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is developing a pilot initiative to test the accuracy of Medicare Advantage and Part D network provider directories, according to a memo from the agency. Memo

> Newly discovered documents show that officials who administer congressional benefits misrepresented how many employees Congress has when they originally applied to have the House and Senate participate in the District of Columbia's SHOP Exchange for 2014, according to a blog post published by The Hill. Post

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> The movement toward value-based payment models has spurred experimentation with bundled payments, but one researcher believes the U.S. could learn a lot about successful models from the Dutch. Article

Practice Management News

> The majority of doctors who responded to a Medscape Medical News poll said they will likely adopt stricter guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain. Article

And finally… Just as you would expect: Americans procrastinate. Article