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Colorado Will Try To Import Canadian Drugs

22 May 2019

The Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 5, requiring the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to  create a plan for safely importing Canadian drugs and presenting a proposal to U.S. Health and Human Services by September 2020. Governor Jared Polis signed the legislation. Senate Bill 5 is one of several health care bills […]

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Rule on Drug Transparency & Step Therapy

22 May 2019

The CMS has finalized a rule intended to make prices more transparent with Medicare Part D drug plans and allow plan sponsors to use cost-cutting tools such as step therapy under certain circumstances. “CMS is delivering on price transparency, because patients have a right to know the cost of their healthcare services before they receive them,” […]

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Walgreens to Test Reusable Packaging

22 May 2019

Walgreens and the Kroger Company will be the first U.S. retail companies to test a new reusable packaging platform from TerraCycle.   The platform is currently in use in 21 countries. A waste management company, TerraCycle, has developed an innovative approach to the disposal of hard to recycle waste.  Its intent is to combat waste […]

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Health Insurance Inflation Rate Hits Five Year High

22 May 2019

The Consumer Price Index for health insurance in April rose 10.7% over the previous 12 months—the largest increase since at least April 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ unadjusted monthly Consumer Price Index data. The other categories that make up the medical care services index—professional services and hospital and related services—rose 0.4% […]

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Final CVS-Aetna Merger Hearings Set

22 May 2019

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon has set the start of hearings on the merger of CVS and Aetna for June 3 with up to three days of testimony anticipated.   The $69 billion merger has closed but the deal still requires court approval to finalize.  Judge Leon has chosen six witnesses to testify at the […]

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Stakeholder’s Meetings for State Insurance Option Announced

22 May 2019

The Division of Insurance and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing have scheduled the initial stakeholder meetings to discuss details of a State sponsored option for health care coverage.  The two meetings are:  1.  Wednesday, May 29  – 10:30am to Noon – HCPF Offices 1570 Grant Street in the Hibiscus Conference Room on […]

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Social Determinants of Health Being Addressed

15 May 2019

According to a recent article in Lancet, The gross inequalities in health seen within and between countries present a challenge to the world. That there should be a spread of life expectancy of 48 years among countries and 20 years or more within countries is not inevitable. A growing volume of research identifies social factors […]

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Leapfrog is Out with its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades – 16 Colorado Hospitals with an “A”, 4 with a “D”

15 May 2019

Sixteen Colorado hospitals have received an “A” grade for safety on the spring report card from national watchdog analyst, The Leapfrog Group. The high number of acute-care hospitals receiving “A” grades places Colorado in the tenth position nationally for safety.  One Denver hospital, Rose Medical Center has received an “A” grade on every report card […]

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High Prices Due to Lack of Competition: Colorado Health Institute Study

15 May 2019

A new report from the Colorado Health Institute shows how, when choices in the health care market lag, prices rise. “I think that what surprised me — it surprised all of us — was just how strong it was, how strong that correlation between competition and price was,” said Emily Johnson, a director at the […]

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RAND Study: Insurers Pay Hospitals More Than Medicare

15 May 2019

Across the nation, hospitals treating patients with private health insurance were paid overall 2.4 times the Medicare rates in 2017, according to the RAND analysis. The difference was largest for outpatient care, where private prices were almost triple what Medicare would have paid.The study illustrates the widening chasm between what the federal government and the […]

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