Why Medicaid is too cheap; UnitedHealth poised for more growth;

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> On New Year's Day, Medicaid payments to doctors dropped dramatically. This will likely cause doctors to turn patients away. For some, this says Medicaid expansion is flawed. To Bloomberg, this says something else: Medicaid is too cheap. Viewpoint

> UnitedHealth Group earnings growth should approach 9 percent in 2015, according to Employee Benefit Adviser, on the strength of expanded health insurance exchange participation. The insurer sold on public exchanges in four states in 2014 but added 23 states in 2015, including Florida and Texas. Article

> Maine's governor spent nearly $53,000 on private lawyers after the state's Attorney General declined to represent the state in a case that would have halted Medicaid coverage for about 6,000 19- and 20-year-olds, the Associated Press reported. Article

Healthcare IT News

> As cyberattacks grow in number and organizations find more ways to access private data, the healthcare industry should make use of cyberthreat intelligence, according to Jeff Bell, HIMSS privacy and security committee chair. Article

> Chief executive officers in healthcare and other industries are turning their attention more closely toward technology and how it can improve their businesses; one of the keys to success is the chief information officer. Article

And finally … Sorry, Mom, but cold weather doesn't actually cause colds. Article