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Federal Reserve interest rate hike could spur more healthcare borrowing

Federal Reserve interest rate hike could spur more healthcare borrowing

A Federal Reserve interest rate hike could come as soon as this month, but that isn't likely to deter healthcare borrowing. It may even encourage providers to accelerate spending plans to stay ahead of rising rates.

What Medicare's value-based insurance test could mean for commercial plans

By Bob Herman  |  September 03, 2015

Supporters hope a new Medicare Advantage experiment offering lower out-of-pocket costs for high-value services and providers will become a template for health plans with sizable cost-sharing, which have become the standard offering from employers and insurers.

States to feds on extending 'duals' demos: Call me maybe

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 04, 2015

The Obama administration says it needs more time than expected to evaluate a large-scale test managing the benefits and care for low-income and disabled Americans. The states participating in the initiative appear willing to stick with it, although the two biggest ones have significant reservations.


Research

Biotechnology companies, 2015

Biotechnology companies, 2015

A list of the 20 largest biotechnology companies ranked by 12-month revenue as of June 30, 2015. Source: BioPharm Insight. Published Aug. 31, 2015, p. 35.


Technology

Sandoz launches sale of biosimilar Zarxio

The first biosimilar medication approved in the U.S. made its way to the market on Thursday, ushering in a new era of competition between such drugs and the original high-cost biologic therapies they emulate.

Safety & Quality

Premier launches nationwide battle against superbugs

Premier, the Charlotte, N.C.-based group purchasing and performance-improvement company, has launched a nationwide initiative to combat antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." Later this week, the National Quality Forum will consider an antibiotic stewardship measure proposed by the CDC.

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