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Jul 16, 2018

Reforming the 340B program should not be undertaken as part of President Donald Trump's effort to lower drug prices, hospital industry representatives are telling HHS.

The suggestion came in comments responding to the Trump administration's Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices released in May. Responses to the document were due July 16.

The comments come as HHS Secretary Alex Azar is speaking to lawmakers about standardizing the 340B drug discount offered to providers, cutting it to...

Jul 16, 2018

Nearly half of antibiotic prescriptions written in an urgent-care center were for conditions that did not warrant their use, according to a new study.

In an analysis published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found 46% of urgent-care patients in 2014 had conditions that did not require an antibiotic but received a prescription for one anyway. That could be a growing...

Jul 16, 2018

America's Health Insurance Plans announced Monday that it scored four new member plans, the first to join the trade group since Obama-era CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner left as CEO.

The four plans—CalOptima and Health Plan San Joaquin in California, CareOregon and Priority Health of Michigan—largely represent the increasingly profitable Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed-care markets, although Priority Health also participates in Michigan's Obamacare exchange.

The...

Jul 16, 2018

To help meet the growing demand for genetics services amid a national shortage of genetic providers, some health systems in Northeast Ohio have turned to telemedicine.

Science has offered many more ways that patients can benefit from learning about their genes, and the cost of the technology has come down, helping to drive demand.

"Today we have more tools, and we understand the genetics better," said Dr. Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, chair of the department of genetics and genome...

Jul 16, 2018

More than 7,000 people on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion didn't meet a requirement that they report at least 80 hours of work in June and face the threat of losing their coverage if they fail to comply sometime before the end of this year, state officials said Friday.

Arkansas' requirement took effect last month. Participants in the program lose coverage if they don't meet the work requirement for three months in a calendar year.

The Department of Human Services said most of the...

Jul 13, 2018

HealthPartners, headquartered in suburban Minneapolis, was founded as a co-op and in the past six decades has grown to include eight hospitals, a multispecialty group practice of nearly 1,800 physicians, more than 65 clinics across the greater Twin Cities area, and a health plan that provides coverage for 1.8 million people. Andrea Walsh took over as CEO of HealthPartners in June 2017. It's been mostly smooth sailing for Walsh, who replaced retiring longtime leader Mary Brainerd. But an...

Jul 13, 2018

Hospitals represent a cornerstone of every community they serve, delivering healthcare to hundreds of thousands of residents nationally and providing jobs to a significant portion of their local populace.

Yet these essential community organizations represent one of the heaviest users of energy and a top generator of waste, potentially creating significant concerns around their carbon footprint at the same time they do so much good.

Many industries contribute to this problem—...

Jul 13, 2018
July 17: Reducing costs, part II. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee continues its deep analysis of the nation's expensive healthcare habit. CEOs Dr. Jeff Balser of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Steven Safyer of Montefiore Health System and David Lansky of the Pacific Business Group on Health, along with quality guru Dr. Brent James will shed light on how to cut waste and improve quality. It's unclear what, if any, legislative proposals will come from the...
Jul 13, 2018

Two women with the same name went in for mammograms on the same day at the same hospital. One of the tests came back with a worrisome finding; 
the other looked fine.

Unfortunately, the women wouldn't know their true conditions for nearly a year because the results were sent to the wrong primary-care physicians. For the woman who was told about a potential cancer diagnosis, the...

Jul 13, 2018

With a $266 million investment in Lumeris' parent company, Cerner Corp. is just one of many electronic health record vendors making inroads into population health and preparing for the move to value-based care.

Because of that shift, EHR vendors see the strategic importance of having population health tools in their portfolios so they can help health systems manage populations—and so they can do that alongside their existing platforms, smoothing out what can sometimes be clunky...

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