Aetna inks discount deal for Gilead's hepatitis C drugs

By Bob Herman  |  January 16, 2015

Aetna has agreed to a deal with Gilead Sciences to give preference to the drugmaker's hepatitis C drugs. It's the fourth straight agreement where a payer or benefits manager has chosen Gilead over competitor AbbVie.

MedPAC calls for cutting inpatient rehab facility payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 15, 2015

A federal panel's recommendation that reimbursement for rehabilitation be the same for inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled-nursing facilities is getting immediate pushback from industry stakeholders who say patient care will suffer.

Hospital prices grow at slowest rate in a decade

By Melanie Evans  |  January 15, 2015

The Producer Price Index for acute-care hospitals increased 0.7% in the 12 months that ended in December, well below the annual average of 2.7% recorded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics since 2004.

Ohio systems create statewide collaborative

By Melanie Evans  |  January 13, 2015

The Cleveland Clinic and five other Ohio health systems announced they will explore creating a statewide network under a newly formed company. They'll also work together to reduce operating expenses and identify effective practices they can share.

Providers not completely off the hook in wage ruling

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 23, 2014

Home healthcare providers scored a victory in federal court Monday when a judge said the U.S. Department of Labor can't force them to pay minimum wage and overtime to some workers.

89 ACOs will join Medicare Shared Savings Program in January

By Melanie Evans  |  December 22, 2014

The Medicare Shared Savings Program—a broad test of accountable care launched in 2012 under the health reform law—will add another 89 organizations in January. The additions will bring the total number of organizations in the program to 405 and help boost the number of Medicare...

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