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    FTC COMPLAINT ACCUSES FACEBOOK OF EXPOSING SENSITIVE HEALTH DATA IN GROUPS

    Feb 20, 2019

    A complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission accuses Facebook of misleading its users regarding the private nature of closed Facebook groups and exposing users’ sensitive health data. The complaint, which was filed last month and made public this week, claims that the company “dec...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61316131

    CVS BOASTS STRONG Q4 AS IT LOOKS TO BEGIN ROLLOUT OF NEW PBM CONTRACTING MODEL IN 2019

    Feb 20, 2019

    CVS Health has reached an agreement with two of its Caremark clients for its updated pharmacy benefit management contracting model this year. During its year-end and fourth-quarter earnings call Tuesday morning, CEO Larry Merlo said the company expects to see more significant uptake in 2020. CVS pre...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61326132

    OHIO AG SEEKS $16M REPAYMENT FROM OPTUM FOR DRUG OVERCHARGES

    Feb 20, 2019

    Ohio’s attorney general is seeking to claw back nearly $16 million in funds he says Optum overcharged a state agency for drugs. In a letter (PDF) to OptumRx last week, AG Dave Yost says OptumRx, the company’s pharmacy benefit manager arm, failed to pass on discounts to the state’s ...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61336133

    THESE STATES HAVE THE MOST RURAL HOSPITALS AT 'HIGH RISK' OF CLOSURE: REPORT

    Feb 20, 2019

    Unless their financial situations improve, at least 21% of rural hospitals in the U.S. are at high risk of closing, according to a new report from Navigant. In all, at-risk hospitals represent more than 21,000 beds staffed by 150,000 employees and $21.2 billion in total patient revenue. Of high-fina...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61346134

    SURVEY: HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES SPOTLIGHT THE SWEEPING POLICY CHANGES THEY SEE COMING FOR THE INDUSTRY

    Feb 20, 2019

    Despite a split Congress and talk on the Hill moving away from an Affordable Care Act repeal, healthcare industry executives are still expecting a whirlwind couple of years for health policy, according to a new survey. Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC, a healthcare law firm, polled more than 220 heal...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61356135

    UNITEDHEALTHCARE EXPANDS DIGITAL DATA COLLECTION FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

    Feb 20, 2019

    UnitedHealthcare announced it will increase the amount of data collected from digital devices as a tool for managing chronic illnesses.  The data—being used to enhance comprehensives health profiles for Medicare Advantage participants—is generated through the UnitedHealthcare Nerve ...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61366136

    HEALTH SECRETARY MATT HANCOCK ANNOUNCES NEW UNIT FOR DIGITAL, DATA AND TECHNOLOGY: NHSX

    Feb 20, 2019

    Called NHSX, the new venture willl report to the health secretary and the chief executives of NHS England and NHS Improvement, overseeing NHS Digital, and work closely with other central government functions, including the Government Digital Service. During Health and Social Care questions in the Ho...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61376137

    SWEDISH HEALTHCARE ADVICE LINE STORED 2.7 MILLION PATIENT PHONE CALLS ON UNPROTECTED WEB SERVE

    Feb 20, 2019

    Recordings of 170,000 hours of calls made to the Vårdguiden 1177 healthcare line were left on an open web server provided by Swedish company Voice Integrate Nordic AB. An anonymous tip off to Computer Sweden, revealed that calls dating back to 2013, were stored without encryption or password p...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61386138

    HEALTHCARE ROUNDUP—GEORGIA LAWMAKERS CLASH OVER CON LAW

    Feb 19, 2019

    A House bill addressing Certificate of Need laws in Georgia has created a controversy in that state as lawmakers consider the measure that would revamp the state's healthcare regulatory system, Georgia Health News reported.  CON laws require health systems to receive approval for constructi...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61206120

    FORMER EHEALTH TECHNOLOGIES CEO ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING COMPANY OUT OF $455K

    Feb 19, 2019

    The former CEO of eHealth Technologies is accused of defrauding the Rochester, New York-based health IT company and was indicted on multiple charges by a federal grand jury last Friday. Michael Margiotta was indicted on 15 counts, including wire fraud, money laundering, and filing a false tax return...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61216121

    DOJ DEFENDS APPROVAL FIX IN CVS-AETNA MERGER

    Feb 19, 2019

    As a federal judge reviews the merger between CVS Health and Aetna, the Department of Justice is sticking by its agreement with the two companies. DOJ probed the $69 billion deal to ensure it wasn’t anticompetitive and agreed to sign off on it if Aetna sold its Part D business. Aetna closed a ...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61226122

    COSTLY SPECIALTY DRUGS DRIVE HIGHER SPENDING ON PROVIDER-ADMINISTERED TREATMENTS, STUDY FINDS

    Feb 19, 2019

    Spending per member in commercial plans on medical pharmacy drugs increased by nearly 20% between 2016 and 2017, due in part to the growing number of emerging therapies with high price tags. Magellan Rx Management, the pharmacy benefit management arm of managed-care company Magellan Health, released...

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    https://Healthcare.report/news-article.aspx?ID=61236123

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    MEDSTAR HEALTH TO PAY $35M SETTLEMENT IN KICKBACK CASE

    Mar 22, 2019

    Maryland-based MedStar Health has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to a cardiology group in exchange for referrals to two of its Baltimore hospitals.  According to the Department of Justice, MedStar paid MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates (MACVA) kickbac...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES—HOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S STEP THERAPY POLICY CHANGES WILL AFFECT MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

    Mar 22, 2019

    Last year, the Trump administration, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed changes to Medicare. One specific change that went into effect at the beginning of 2019 is allowing Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to apply step therapy p...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63266326

    PAYER ROUNDUP—PBM EXECUTIVES SET TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

    Mar 22, 2019

    Executives at five major pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are confirmed to testify before the Senate Finance Committee on drug prices next month. Leaders at Cigna, the parent company of Express Scripts, CVS, Humana, Optum and Prime Therapeutics are slated to testify at a hearing on April 9. The hear...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63306330

    CMS: PHYSICIAN UPTAKE OF ADVANCED PAYMENT MODELS UNDER MACRA OUTPACING GOALS

    Mar 21, 2019

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new report that offers a look at how physicians fared the first year of its Quality Payment Program.  QPP includes two possible tracks for doctors, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment ...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63276327

    LAWSUIT CHALLENGES NEW HAMPSHIRE'S MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS

    Mar 21, 2019

    New Hampshire residents have filed suit against the Trump administration over work requirements in the state’s Medicaid program. Several advocacy groups, including the National Health Law Program, are suing (PDF) the Department of Health and Human Services on the residents’ behalf, warni...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63286328

    STUDY: ACA MARKET COMPETITION ON THE UPSWING, BUT REGIONAL VARIATION PERSISTS

    Mar 21, 2019

    Although the ACA exchanges show signs of rebounding after 2017’s political turmoil sent some insurers scurrying, marketplaces with little competition are still common, according to a new report. The Urban Institute analyzed the state of competition in the Affordable Care Act exchanges in the 2...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63296329

    SCOTT GOTTLIEB WEIGHS IN ON INSURERS TAKING A CHANCE ON BIOSIMILARS, OTC REFORM AND THE TIMING OF HIS DEPARTURE FROM FDA

    Mar 20, 2019

    The explosion of tobacco use among kids, biosimilars, OTC reform and ongoing efforts to address high prescription drug prices are among areas of unfinished business as Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb prepares to leave his post. During a conversation at The Brookings Institution on Tuesday ...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63316331

    OHIO AG SUES OPTUM TO RECOVER $16M IN DRUG OVERCHARGES

    Mar 20, 2019

    Ohio’s attorney general has filed suit against Optum, aiming to reclaim nearly $16 million in what he says are drug overpayments. In the complaint, AG Dave Yost says OptumRx, the company’s pharmacy benefit management arm, overcharged the state’s Bureau of Worker’s Compensatio...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63326332

    MEDPAC: TWEAKS TO PART D PLAN DESIGN CHIP AWAY AT PAYERS’ INCENTIVES TO KEEP COSTS DOWN

    Mar 18, 2019

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission issued its March report to Congress late last week, warning that current Part D policy may encourage health plans to shirk responsibility for managing spending.  In its report (PDF), MedPAC says the growing number of Part D payments to health plans takin...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63156315

    APPLE WATCH CAN DETECT IRREGULAR HEART RATE, BUT MORE RESEARCH NEEDED—STANFORD STUDY

    Mar 18, 2019

    For 8 of 10 Apple Watch wearers, the device could potentially spot a heart problem that might lead to stroke, according to a new study out of Stanford Medicine. The Stanford Medicine Apple Heart Study, based on 400,000 participants, found that the Apple Watch detected irregular heart rhythms in abou...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63166316

    INDUSTRY VOICES—THE MEDICAID GAP IN PRENATAL CARE: IS ACCESS REALLY THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM?

    Mar 18, 2019

    In December 2018, Congress passed a bill authorizing $60 million in funding over the next five years to support and create maternal mortality task forces in all 50 states. The goal of their research is to prevent maternal morbidity across the United States, one of only two developed countries with r...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63176317

    SIGNIFY HEALTH BUYS SOCIAL DETERMINANTS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY TAV HEALTH

    Mar 18, 2019

    Dallas-based Signify Health, a technology company that supports in-home care and provides care management services, acquired TAV Health to build its capabilities to address social determinants of health. TAV Health, based in San Antonio, Texas, builds networks of community, healthcare providers and ...

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    https://GreenEnergy.report/news-article.aspx?ID=63186318

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