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TELEHEALTH: A Value-based Solution to the US Physician Shortage

Two trends illustrate a growing need for chronic illness management and proactively reaching patients before they present at the hospital. The U.S. population’s age demographics have created a need for more proactive care. Three million baby boomers are estimated to reach retirement every year for the next 20 years, according to Advisory Board.  Also, 33 percent of […]

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U.S. Senate Package of Health Care Bills – What’s Inside

Leaders of the Senate health committee (HELP) released a bipartisan package of healthcare bills on May 23 that address a wide-range of issues facing the industry.  The package addresses surprise medical billing, high prescription drug costs, price transparency, patient data access, and the establishment of policies to address the social determinants of health.  Although it […]

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Physicians Rank Highest in Suicide Rate of Any Profession

The rigorous work schedule and pressure faced by U.S. doctors have them “stressed to the point of breaking” and studies estimate that a doctor dies by suicide every day in the United States. Dr. Edward Ellison, executive medical director and chairman at the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, spoke at CNBC’s Healthy Returns conference in New York. […]

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Study Shows Major Gaps in Hospital-Home Health Care Provider Communications in Colorado

A survey of Colorado home health care clinicians (HHCs) revealed that 60 percent said they had not received enough information to guide patient treatment while 52 percent said patients often had unrealistic expectations of the kind of care they would receive. The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus study was published in the Journal of the […]

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Bright Health Expands into Five New Locations

Minneapolis-based insurer Bright Health has announced plans to expand its operations into five new states over the next year.  The health insurer was founded in 2016 and currently does business in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.  After its most recent fundraising efforts which brought in $200 million, it announced its plans to […]

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Colorado Will Try To Import Canadian Drugs

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

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

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

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

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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