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From Health Plan Week - Four of California’s largest health plans — Aetna Inc., Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California and Health Net, Inc. — have joined an effort in that state to standardize performance measures for commercial accountable care organizations (ACOs). The initiative will be launched this year by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) and the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). Read more

From Health Plan Week - The influenza season is off to an early start and more severe than a year ago. The CDC reported widespread flu activity in seven states, regional activity in 18 states and local activity in another 18 states as of Dec. 2 and a higher-than-baseline percentage of outpatient visits for flu-like illness. CDC said it is tough to predict when influenza activity will peak for the current season, but stresses it… Read more

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