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 •  September 22

Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of the sprawling Kaiser Permanente nonprofit health system-which combines health plans, hospitals, and an affiliated physician group into one consortium-doesn't have anything nice to say about the Graham Cassidy health care bill to repeal Obamacare. A GOP Senate health care vote on the Graham Cassidy legislation...

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 •  September 21

A federal audit shows that Medicare could have saved nearly $100 million since 2006 if system edits that were supposed to prevent or detect the errors were functioning.
Medicare mistakenly paid acute-care hospitals $51.6 million for outpatient services that were provided to inpatients at other hospitals, according to an audit by the Department of...

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 •  September 21

Healthcare industry groups rush to analyze the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare as deadline for vote nears.
With the Senate poised to vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy proposal to replace the ACA, political pundits, consumers, and late night talk show hosts are weighing in.
Many healthcare industry groups are also making their positions...

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 •  September 21

CVS Caremark program will include limiting to seven days the supply of opioids dispensed for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy. CVS Health says it’s enhancing its enterprise-wide initiatives supporting safe drug disposal, utilization management of pain medications, and funding for treatment and recovery programs. CVS...

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 •  September 21

In their letter to AHIP, the attorneys general urged insurers to revise their rules "to encourage healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain."
Attorneys general for 37 states sent a letter Monday to the health insurance industry’s main trade group,...

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 •  September 20

Dozens of hospital patients who were evacuated from the U.S. Virgin Islands have received care in Puerto Rico that is reimbursable under a federal program. In response to evacuations linked to Hurricane Irma, federal officials are drawing on the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to help pay for patients' bills. This is the first time the NDMS...

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 •  September 19

Seventy-six percent of primary care residents received 50 or more job solicitations during their medical training while 55% received 100 or more, survey data shows.
When it comes to physicians, it's definitely a sellers’ market.
Demand for medical doctors is so high that half of new doctors report receiving 100 or more job offers during training,...

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 •  September 19

Certain pharmacists can free access to patient-specific medication history data. Surescripts and Allscripts are expanding the scope of service available in the wake of the hurricanes over the past several weeks to provide free access to patient-specific medication history data for pharmacists in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South...

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 •  September 19

Tennessee officials said they approved the proposal after the two systems demonstrated that they would create a public benefit to Northeast Tennessee that would outweigh any downsides of a monopoly of services. The proposed merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System took a big step forward on Tuesday when Tennessee...

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 •  September 19

Because microhospitals are currently subject to regulations developed with larger acute care institutions in mind, they can run into compliance obstacles that their traditional counterparts don’t often encounter or are better equipped to handle. Compared to a tertiary hospital, resources can be tight and clinical expertise narrowly concentrated in...