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    CVS HEALTH PROGRAM TAKES AIM AT ‘ME-TOO’ DRUGS IT DEEMS NOT COST-EFFECTIVE

    Aug 17, 2018

    One of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the country plans to incorporate data from a non-profit organization focused on pharmaceutical cost-effectiveness into formulary decisions. CVS Health’s PBM division, CVS Caremark, said in a white paper last week that it was starting a program th...

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    ST. ANTHONY HOSPITAL SLASHES UNNECESSARY ER USE, OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS

    Aug 17, 2018

    Catholic Health Initiatives St. Anthony Hospital, a critical access community provider in rural Oregon, was able to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits from identified frequent flyers from 17 percent of overall visits to 9 percent within a six-month timespan using care collaboration netwo...

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    VETERANS GROUP SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER ROLE OF ‘SHADOW RULERS’ AT THE VA

    Aug 17, 2018

    A liberal veterans' advocacy organization is suing the VA to prevent a trio of Mar-a-Lago members from exerting further influence on the agency. VoteVets and Democracy Forward filed suit (PDF) in a District of Columbia federal court to block the three “shadow rulers” from continuing ...

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    UNITEDHEALTH, AARP HIT WITH ANOTHER LAWSUIT OVER CO-BRANDED MEDIGAP PLANS

    Aug 17, 2018

    A lawsuit filed this week accuses UnitedHealth and AARP of violating state insurance laws and charging consumers artificially inflated premiums. It’s the third such lawsuit filed against the two companies this year and adds to ongoing litigation in several states. A class-action lawsuit filed ...

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    STUDY LINKS REAL-TIME EHR ALERTS WITH FEWER COMPLICATIONS, LOWER COSTS

    Aug 16, 2018

    When physicians get the right kind of alert in an electronic health record—and actually follow its recommendation—it could result in fewer complications and lower costs among hospitalized patients, according to a new study. Published in the American Journal of Managed Care, researchers f...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=53255325

    BEST BUY ACQUIRES GREATCALL FOR $800 MILLION

    Aug 16, 2018

    Best Buy announced that it has acquired GreatCall for $800. GreatCall is an old guard digital health company that started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals. The acquisition comes as retail giants...

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    AS CMS RETOOLS ITS ADVANCED PAYMENT MODELS, PROVIDERS STILL GRAPPLE WITH THE TECH REQUIREMENTS

    Aug 15, 2018

    As providers gear up to participate in CMS’ revamped payment models, one major hurdle stands in the way for many: technology. Deirdre Baggot, Ph.D., a healthcare business strategist who has worked with more than 200 hospitals to implement value-based payment models, told FierceHealthcare in an...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=53265326

    HEALTHCARE APP ECONOMY IS COMING: GET READY FOR THE DATAQUAKE

    Aug 15, 2018

    Before the Blue Button Developer Conference on Monday, I stepped inside the U.S. Digital Service for something of a pre-party. USDS hosted this mix of people in full suits rubbing elbows with tattooed technologists wearing t-shirts. In the packed room, USDS Deputy Administrator Edward Hartwig climbe...

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    CMS, USDS INNOVATORS ON THE FUTURE OF BLUE BUTTON 2.0

    Aug 14, 2018

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday held its first White House hackathon. The topic: Blue Button 2.0. Ahead of the event, I spoke with two technologists, one from CMS and one from the United States Digital Service (which worked with the agency to develop the Blue Button API). Ma...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—WANT TO TACKLE THE OPIOID ISSUE? IT'S A MATTER OF WORKFLOW

    Aug 14, 2018

    Everyone in healthcare, the Trump administration, the public, and even our bipartisan Congress all agree we have a serious problem with regards to the abuse of prescription drugs. The CDC reports that overdose deaths increased by 28% between 2015 and 2016, while prescription rates remained level for...

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    CLOUD-BASED PACS SYSTEM CUTS IMAGING COSTS BY HALF FOR RURAL HOSPITAL

    Aug 14, 2018

    Republic County Hospital in North Central Kansas had an imaging problem: Its picture archiving and communications system was supplied by the radiology group that read images for the hospital. It was locked into the group, which limited its ability to find more cost-effective pricing on the open mark...

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    CMS' ACO PROPOSAL RESURFACES DISCORD OVER PACE OF RISK-BASED MODELS

    Aug 13, 2018

    Obama-era healthcare officials have rarely had positive things to say about the Trump administration's actions. But last week, one expressed praise for CMS' most recent proposed rule. The rule, which would limit the duration of one-sided risk ACOs, is a step in the right direction, said Farz...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=53175317

TRENDING NEWS


    SENATE PASSES MASSIVE OPIOID PACKAGE, BILL TO BAN GAG CLAUSES

    Sep 18, 2018

    The Senate approved a massive package of measures (PDF) Monday evening aimed at responding to the opioid crisis, as well as legislation to ban the use of so-called gag clauses in contracts between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers. The opioid package includes more than 70 bills, including the...

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    HOW TEXAS TECH HEALTH BUILT AN APP FOR ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT MODELS

    Sep 18, 2018

    Working in healthcare and technology for over a decade and a half, one thing I’ve noticed is that innovation is slowed and often nixed because we look at how an incremental achievement fits into the current mega-sized health I.T. environment. I’ve experienced numerous times where operati...

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    CMS PROPOSES RULE TO STREAMLINE MEDICARE COMPLIANCE

    Sep 17, 2018

    CMS took the latest step in its Patients over Paperwork initiative on Monday, issuing a proposed rule that would eliminate or update a slew of regulations deemed “unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome” on providers. Should the rule (PDF) be finalized, the Centers for Medicare &...

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    HIMSS CEO HAL WOLF: EVERY HOSPITAL HAS TO INNOVATE FOR SILVER TSUNAMI

    Sep 17, 2018

    The worldwide challenge of treating aging populations is driving the healthcare industry toward innovation, according to HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf. Speaking at the Health 2.0 conference here Monday, Wolf said that in the U.S., 49 percent of healthcare costs are covered by the government, yet as the ‘...

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    CVS' LARRY MERLO DEFENDS REBATES, TOUTS PENDING AETNA DEAL AT MORGAN STANLEY CONFERENCE

    Sep 14, 2018

    With the Trump administration's focus on curbing high prescription costs, drug rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers have become a popular whipping boy. But CVS CEO Larry Merlo said he doesn't foresee either going away anytime soon. "We’re confident whatever transpires h...

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    SURVEY: PER-EMPLOYEE HEALTHCARE COSTS EXPECTED TO INCREASE 4.1% IN 2019

    Sep 14, 2018

    Costs in employer health benefit plans are projected to increase by 4.1% in 2019, according to early data from the Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. The increase is on par with this year's growth of 4.2% and generally in line with the low single-digit increases employers...

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    MEDPAC CONSIDERS '4-IN-1' POST-ACUTE CARE PAYMENT SYSTEM

    Sep 07, 2018

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is weighing a policy proposal that would bring payments for four post-acute settings into one system, another step in the push to promote site-neutral payments. Four post-acute care (PAC) settings—skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient re...

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    HOSPITAL GROUPS RENEW 340B FIGHT WITH HHS LAWSUIT

    Sep 06, 2018

    Several hospital groups, including the American Hospital Association, refiled their lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over cuts to the 340B drug discount program. The American Hospital Association, America's Essential Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colle...

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    ATHENAHEALTH MAY FIND ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT ITS MOST PROMISING SUITOR

    Sep 06, 2018

    Elliott Management may wind up buying athenahealth after its long and pressure-packed courtship, given that other potential buyers, including Cerner and UnitedHealthcare, are reportedly not interested, according to the New York Post. Elliott has teamed with Bain Capital, which owns Waystar, another ...

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    MERCY HEALTH EARNS HIMSS DAVIES AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO OPIOID FIGHT

    Sep 06, 2018

    Mercy Health earned a 2018 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence for its work in using health IT to help treat the opioid epidemic. The award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations that have used health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes and value and spotlights...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=53875387

    HOSPITALS ARE THE ONES MARKING UP DRUG PRICES, NEW PHRMA REPORT SAYS

    Sep 05, 2018

    The blame game over drug prices is intensifying as drug industry group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) released a new report Wednesday about the role hospitals are playing in marking up the cost of prescriptions. According to the report— produced by health consulti...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=53805380

    BILLIONAIRE PETER SOON-SHIONG'S VERITY HEALTH SYSTEM DECLARES BANKRUPTCY

    Sep 05, 2018

    Hospitals that are part of Verity Health, an El Segundo, California-based nonprofit chain owned by billionaire Peter Soon-Shiong, remains open after the system filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a release, health system officials said they secured debtor-in-possession financing of up to $185 millio...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=53815381

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