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Express Scripts, insurer moves could signal tougher drug bargaining tactics

By Bob Herman and Virgil Dickson  |  December 22, 2014

Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts' decision to offer AbbVie's Viekira Pak as its exclusive option for genotype 1 hepatitis C could embolden other pharmacy benefit managers to take tougher lines in their negotiations for a range of high-priced drugs.

West Africa has long way to go to stop Ebola, Frieden says

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 22, 2014

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lauded progress made in recent months toward slowing the pace of the spread of Ebola among the West African countries hardest hit by the virus, but he warned more work would be needed before the outbreak comes to an end.

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...

Hospital hopes medical tourists will come to Idaho

By Associated Press  |  December 22, 2014

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists — medical tourists, that is. Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area — plus a few from Washington and Montana. But hospital CEO Rick Rasmussen is...

Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data

By Associated Press  |  December 22, 2014

A major Chicago healthcare system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October.

Startups help consumers navigate insurance exchanges

By Darius Tahir  |  December 22, 2014

Health tech startups Gravie and Stride Health, each with a slightly different business model, see money to be made in helping consumers navigate the often non-consumer-friendly new world of online health insurance exchanges.

CMS adds late 2013 records to Open Payments database

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 22, 2014

The CMS Friday added about 68,000 new records documenting $200 million in payments made to physicians by medical-device and drug manufacturers to its Open Payments database.

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