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Doctor gets 30 years to life for prescription drug deaths

By Associated Press  |  February 05, 2016

A doctor convicted of murder for prescribing exorbitant amounts of painkillers that left three patients dead was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison. Tseng prescribed "crazy, outrageous amounts of medication" to patients who didn't need the pills. The doctor repeatedly ignored warning...

Congress says MACPAC advice is vague and useless

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 05, 2016

Congress wonders whether the composition of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission renders it a biased and therefore, unreliable source of recommendations.

Breaking news from around the country ...

February 05, 2016

Today's regional healthcare roundup includes New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo announcing free Zika testing for pregnant women, a shift in uncompensated care at Minnesota hospitals, a New Jersey panel green-lighting the sale of a bankrupt hospital to Prime, and more.

Utah lawmaker: Pornography a public health crisis

By Associated Press  |  February 05, 2016

A state senator in Utah wants to declare pornography a public health crisis, echoing an argument being made around the U.S. by conservative religious groups as porn becomes more accessible on smartphones and tablets.

Blue Cross parent axes workers on heels of Obamacare losses

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  February 05, 2016

The job cuts come on the heels of big losses, fueled by capturing a large portion of enrollees who bought health plans on the public health insurance exchange. Through its Blue Cross plans, including in Illinois, Health Care Service Corp. offered some of the lowest-cost policies on the online...

News from other sources ...

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 05, 2016

Today's roundup of pharmaceutical, technology and clinical news includes documents indicating Turing officers got giant raises out of the Daraprim price hike, a new telemedicine bill in Mississippi, an alliance of 20 major companies sharing employee health and benefits data to address cost...

FDA vows changes to opioid drug policies

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 04, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced that, in response to the nation's opioid abuse epidemic, it will change its policies on reviewing new painkillers, and will work with experts to safely label opioid drugs, including those for pediatric use.

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