WellCare announces new CIO; Covered California drops some plan members without their consent

> WellCare Health Plans Inc. has appointed Darren Ghanayem as its new senior vice president and chief information officer. Announcement

> Some customers are angry at being switched from Covered California health plans to Medi-Cal without their consent, California Healthline reports. Article

> Health policy experts now say that the federal government's proposed Medicare Part B demonstration may not count as an alternative pay model, according to Inside Health Policy. Article (subscription required)

> A new study from the Urban Institute found that as of March 2015, 18.1 million more adults would be uninsured had the Affordable Care Act not been passed. Study

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> The federal government will no longer enforce inpatient payment cuts under the controversial two-midnight rule. Article

> Not-for-profit hospitals will likely fare a little bit better financially in the coming years than their for-profit counterparts, according to a new report issued by Moody's Investors Service. Article

And finally… Dig in your back yard, find an ancient civilization. Article

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