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Piedmont signs 3-year deal with UnitedHealthcare after messy impasse

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 29, 2016

Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta has signed a three-year contract with UnitedHealthcare after previously warning its commercial members that they would be treated as out-of-network patients. A two-month stalemate as the system negotiated its contract with the insurer caught customers in the middle.

Valeant is sued over Philidor ties, alleged racketeering

By Associated Press  |  August 29, 2016

The proposed class-action complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on behalf of unionized New York City police detectives and hotel workers, regarding Valeant's ties to the now defunct specialty pharmacy Philidor RX Services.

Mylan launching cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

By Associated Press  |  August 29, 2016

Mylan will start selling a cheaper version of its EpiPen after absorbing waves of criticism over a list price for the emergency allergy treatment that has grown to $608 for a two-pack, making it unaffordable for many patients without insurance or with high-deductible coverage.

Alere sues Abbott Laboratories to complete $5.8 billion merger

By Erica Teichert  |  August 29, 2016

Abbott waffled on its commitment to purchase Alere in April because of concerns about the accuracy of Alere's statements and representations in the agreement. The North Chicago, Ill., company this month warned that it may not go through with the proposal.

Inovio launches Zika vaccine trial in Puerto Rico

By Associated Press  |  August 29, 2016

Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced Monday that it has launched a clinical trial of an experimental Zika vaccine in Puerto Rico, the part of the U.S. hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus.

Ex-Sacred Heart exec sentenced to two years for bribery scheme

By Erica Teichert  |  August 29, 2016

The former chief operating officer of a now-closed Chicago hospital will serve one year in prison for his involvement in a kickback scheme that bribed doctors to refer Medicare and Medicaid patients to the hospital.

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