Cigna Corp. will end a requirement that prevented providers from prescribing treatments for patients with opioid addiction without prior authorization.
The Health Care Council of Chicago, a not-for-profit, has 15 founding members so far. Chicago-area companies like Walgreens, Aon, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and the Healthcare Financial Management Association now have a forum where they all come together to advance their collective interests.
The operating margin at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—the prominent, high-priced academic medical center in Los Angeles—stayed well above industry norms last year mostly because of higher admissions.
The initiatives are supposed to tap into underutilized but potentially significant areas of quality improvement.
In a speech Thursday at Miami Dade College, the president acknowledged some difficulties but said the healthcare reform law "has done what it was designed to do."
Quorum Health, the embattled hospital spinoff of Community Health Systems, has agreed to sell two of at least eight rural hospitals it has for sale to reduce debt and refine its portfolio. Quorum has deals on a 64-bed hospital in North Carolina and a 56-bed facility in Georgia.
Revenue was up just slightly at Quest as the company restructures to focus on its core business of diagnostic information services.
The agency has received nearly 1,800 comments on the waiver that includes job-requirement and cost-sharing provisions. In comparison, Ohio's recent request generated 103 comments, while Arizona's drew 98 comments.
A file-sharing application on a server had a default setting that allowed Google, other search engines and “anyone with an internet connection" access to them, according to a statement from the Office for Civil Rights at HHS.
Proposition 61, a proposal to cap what California pays for prescription drugs at the lowest price the Veterans Affairs Department pays, has drawn $108 million from pharmaceutical companies looking to defeat the measure.
Two top lawmakers on Thursday demanded information from a drug company that has raised prices on a leukemia drug, calling increases of tens of thousands of dollars a sign the company puts profits before patients.
Walgreens Boots Alliance earnings topped $1 billion during the fourth quarter, easily surpassing analyst expectations, but also announced a delay in closing its latest megadeal.