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Ex-Valeant and specialty pharmacy execs charged in kickback scheme

By Erica Teichert  |  November 17, 2016

Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a former Valeant Pharmaceuticals executive and the ex-CEO of a specialty pharmacy for masterminding a multimillion fraud and kickback scheme that promoted the pharmacy's business for their own personal gain.

WellCare caps legal expenses for former execs in fraud case

By Bob Herman  |  November 16, 2016

WellCare Health Plans has entered agreements that cap costly legal expenses for two former top executives convicted of defrauding Medicaid in a case that started nearly a decade ago. The settlements also allow the executives to cash in stock.

Abbott's hellacious deal gets even worse

Abbott's hellacious deal gets even worse

By Joe Cahill, Crain's Chicago Business  |  November 10, 2016

Hostilities are intensifying in the misbegotten matchup of Abbott Laboratories and Alere. The two medical products companies haven't stopped fighting since shortly after Abbott agreed in January to buy Alere for $5.8 billion.

Federal judge grants nursing-home arbitration injunction

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 07, 2016

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi has granted a request by the American Health Care Association to bar the CMS from implementing a rule that bans arbitration agreements in skilled-nursing facilities.

Editorial: Drug marketing veers off-label

Editorial: Drug marketing veers off-label

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 05, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration is considering dramatic changes to its drug marketing rules that threaten to make the problem of already out-of-control drug spending even worse.

Healthcare led the way in job growth for October and other news

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 05, 2016

The healthcare sector gained more than 31,000 jobs in October amid high demand for workers at hospitals, medical clinics and doctors' offices. Hospitals generated another 12,700 jobs. Employment across physician practices grew by 3,500 in the past month, while medical and diagnostic labs added 900...

Nursing home arbitration ruling expected Nov. 7

Nursing home arbitration ruling expected Nov. 7

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 05, 2016

A federal rulemaking finalized by the Obama administration earlier this year prohibits nursing facilities from entering binding arbitration agreements before a dispute arises. The provision went much further than the restrictions proposed in the draft rule and is expected to kick in on Nov. 28.

White House argues that courts don't belong in House-ACA funding fight

By Erica Teichert  |  October 24, 2016

The Obama administration blasted House Republicans on Monday for inappropriately involving federal courts in their dispute over funding for the Affordable Care Act, alleging the lawmakers are trying to circumvent the Constitution with their lawsuit.

House GOP ACA lawsuit heats up in appeals court

By Erica Teichert  |  October 21, 2016

The Obama administration on Monday will fire its first missive in federal appeals court defending the appropriations used to fund portions of the Affordable Care Act.

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