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Will biosimilars naming plan promote more competitive drug pricing?

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 27, 2015

Biosimilar drugs will carry a four-letter suffix on the nonproprietary names they share with brand-name biologic drugs, the Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. It's a move that could determine how lower-cost alternatives compete against their original counterparts.

With Nevada co-op closing, are more to come?

By Bob Herman  |  August 27, 2015

Nevada Health Co-op is shutting down by Jan. 1, the not-for-profit health plan announced Wednesday. It is now the third co-op to fold, and data suggest it's possible other co-ops may follow suit.

States taking the lead in laws to curb Rx costs

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 27, 2015

Massachusetts has introduced legislation to require pricing transparency and allow some price caps. Six other states are following, all while Congress acknowledges that there's a problem but has yet to do anything about it.

OSU's Wexner Medical Center gets new CFO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 27, 2015

Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center has appointed a new CFO to oversee its $2.9 billion budget. Mark Larmore will start on Oct. 1, once his appointment is approved by the university's board of trustees.

Amputees decry Medicare payment overhaul for artificial feet

By Associated Press  |  August 27, 2015

Famous people don't often get involved with Medicare payment policy, but a Boston Marathon bombing survivor and a former U.S. senator who lost a leg in wartime service have joined an industry campaign to block new requirements for artificial legs and feet.

VA falls short in connecting patients and psychiatrists

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 26, 2015

The Veterans Affairs Department “has not been fully effective” in its hiring practices or its use of existing personnel to improve veterans' access to psychiatrists, according to a report by the VA inspector general.

Average premiums of Florida's individual ACA plans to rise 9.5%

By Bob Herman  |  August 26, 2015

The price of health plans sold on and off Florida's insurance exchange will go up an average of 9.5% next year, Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation said Wednesday. The final rates vary widely by insurer and type of plan.

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