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July 30, 2014
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WellPoint gains policyholders as earnings slip
By Virgil Dickson | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
WellPoint, repeating a pattern reported by insurer Humana, saw its customer base increase significantly while its earnings fell during the second quarter.
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Clinical trials may be compromised by online patient chatter
By Wall Street Journal | July 30, 2014
Are patients jeopardizing clinical trials by discussing them on social media? There is growing fear in the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry that an increasing number of people who participate in clinical trials may indeed compromise research by chatting about treatments, side...
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Castlight losses shrink as revenue rises
By Joseph Conn | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
One-time health-tech market darling Castlight Health remained unprofitable in the second quarter, although losing money less rapidly than earlier this year.
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UNC researchers build online tool that predicts doctor shortages
By News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) | July 30, 2014
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have created an interactive online modeling program to give hospital administrators, doctors and policymakers a tool to understand where shortages of specific kinds of doctors exist or will develop. The model shows supply and demand for...
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Express Scripts continues to see fallout from Medco purchase; income falls
By Virgil Dickson | July 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The continued ripple effects of a major client exit following a major merger contributed to a second-quarter drop in net income for Express Scripts Holding Co.
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California pharmacists resist translating medicine labels
By NPR | July 30, 2014
This week California's Board of Pharmacy will discuss new regulations that would require all pharmacies in the state to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. Statewide, 44% of Californians speak a language other than English at home. But the board's executive officer, Virginia...
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New England Quality Care Alliance pilots consumer data use for care management
By Darius Tahir | July 30, 2014
Michael Cantor, chief medical officer for the New England Quality Care Alliance, has a dilemma. Resources are scarce for care management of patients whom the alliance would like to help with complex or chronic conditions and yet it's difficult to predict which patients will be receptive to a care...
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Sovaldi likely to cost Medicare billions
By Virgil Dickson | July 30, 2014
The rising cost of hepatitis C drugs like Sovaldi and Olysio will increase Medicare Part D spending by $2.9 billion to $5.8 billion next year and could drive up premiums as much as 8.6%, according to a new report by the actuarial firm Milliman.
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NuVasive reports increased sales in three units, smaller losses for Q2
By Jaimy Lee | July 30, 2014
NuVasive, a San Diego-based manufacturer of devices used in minimally invasive spine surgeries, reported that three of its four business units saw double-digit U.S. revenue growth, leading to smaller losses than the company saw in the same quarter last year.
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