Harvard Pilgrim scores discounts on Novartis, Lilly drugs

By Erica Teichert  |  June 28, 2016

Harvard Pilgrim will receive discounts on Novartis' congestive heart failure drug Entresto if the drug doesn't reach an agreed-upon reduction in hospitalizations. Under the Lilly agreement, Harvard Pilgrim has made the drugmaker's type 2 diabetes drug Trulicity a preferred drug in exchange for a...

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta partners with Georgia system

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 28, 2016

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the leading provider of specialty pediatric services in Georgia, has partnered with Athens (Ga.) Regional Health System. This is the first partnership the not-for-profit system has entered.

FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C

By Associated Press  |  June 28, 2016

Federal health officials have approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus.

Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill

By Associated Press  |  June 28, 2016

Senate Democrats have blocked a GOP-drafted measure to provide $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, accusing Republicans of packing the measure with partisan provisions and unfair spending cuts.

MACRA rule raises patient privacy concerns

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 28, 2016

Physicians and healthcare organizations have flooded the CMS with concerns about MACRA, the proposed changes to the way Medicare pays providers. They say the rule puts patient data at risk and could actually push providers away from participating in payment models meant to lower costs while...

Home healthcare industry braces for another Medicare cut

Home healthcare industry braces for another Medicare cut

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 28, 2016

A proposed $180 million drop in Medicare reimbursement may not be a surprise to home healthcare agencies—but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier to digest, industry leaders say.

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