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Medicare Part D data show big spending on brand names

By Bob Herman  |  May 02, 2015

Medicare shelled out more than $103 billion on prescription drugs in 2013, raising questions about why the government pays so much for brand-name pharmaceuticals and how physicians prescribe drugs for their patients.

Republicans jockey over post-King reform plans

Republicans jockey over post-King reform plans

By Paul Demko  |  May 02, 2015

WASHINGTON—Congressional Republicans are nervously wrestling with how to respond if the U.S. Supreme Court in June strikes down Obamacare premium subsidies in up to 37 states.

Court to weigh wage protections for home-care workers

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 02, 2015

The home-care industry and the Obama administration will face off Thursday in a federal appeals court in Washington in a case with major financial implications for the industry and its low-wage workers.

GOP budget would kill ACA, chop healthcare spending

By Paul Demko  |  May 02, 2015

WASHINGTON—Congressional Republicans are crowing that the budget blueprint they agreed to last week proves they are governing effectively by cutting spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Florida Gov. Scott sues HHS over Medicaid dispute

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 02, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott followed through last week on his threat to file a lawsuit alleging HHS is illegally trying to coerce the state into expanding Medicaid eligibility by threatening to end funding for hospitals that care for low-income patients.

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  |  May 02, 2015

With President Barack Obama's recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value.

New medical innovation bill draft boosts NIH funding

By Darius Tahir  |  April 29, 2015

A new draft of House legislation that creates significant new regulatory leeway for drug and device companies now includes more funding for the National Institutes of Health. The revised draft represents a compromise with Democrats who withdrew support for the initial bill.

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

The Top 25 Women in Healthcare: Gender diversity a work in progress

By Melanie Evans  |  April 25, 2015

For women who aspire to healthcare's executive-level roles, advanced education and the willingness to take risks may not be enough. Surveys of corporate leadership and healthcare management point to a continued, though narrowing, disparity of women to men in leadership roles.

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