Alcohol becoming deadlier than ever; Doc says direct care trumps insurance; and much more

News From Around the Web

> Patients have been waiting nearly six months since their Tennessee medical practice closed to receive copies of their records, although by law the practice is required to produce them within 10 days of request, WBRC reports. Article

> Direct primary care may be superior to health insurance, one physician argues in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Commentary

> Alcohol-related deaths in the United States are the highest they've been in 35 years, The Washington Post reports. Article

Health Insurance News

> For the most part, cost-sharing did not increase for those covered under Affordable Care Act marketplace plans in 2015, though for those without cost-sharing reductions, average copayments, deductibles and out-of-pocket limits were considerably higher than the average employer-based plan, according to a new analysis from The Commonwealth Fund. Article

> Under the risk adjustment provision of the Affordable Care Act, insurers get a break for covering enrollees with riskier health conditions. Now to keep insurers honest when it comes to assigning risk scores to enrollees, the federal government is rolling out a large tracking system, according to LifeHealthPro. Article

And Finally… I am your dessert. Article