Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs

By Associated Press  |  April 17, 2015

In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.

Alito steps into ACA contraception case

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 16, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito signed an order Wednesday temporarily granting relief to a handful of Pennsylvania religious organizations from a lower court's decision that they must notify insurers of their intention not to provide birth control to employees, or face fines under the ACA.

Illinois hangs up on tobacco 'quitline'

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 16, 2015

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline ceased operations on Wednesday. The program's funding was cut for the remainder of the state's fiscal year, ending June 30, as part of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to suspend $26 million in public health and social services grants.

FDA approves first generic version of leading MS drug Copaxone

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 16, 2015

Novartis subsidiary Sandoz received approval from the Food and Drug Administration Thursday to market the drug Glatopa, the first generic alternative for Teva Pharmaceutical's multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone.

PhRMA CEO Castellani announces retirement

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 16, 2015

John Castellani, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America president and CEO, plans to retire from the post at the beginning of next year.

Only 251 U.S. hospitals receive top ranking on patient experience

By Sabriya Rice  |  April 16, 2015

Just 251 U.S. hospitals received five stars on a new rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The new ratings are part of a broader initiative by the federal agency to use a five-star rating system to help consumers compare the quality of healthcare providers.

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