Technology has streamlined many aspects of healthcare, but outcomes are further improved when doctors actually follow alerts prompted by electronic health records (EHRs), according to a recent study.
August 20, 2018 | Care Delivery
As the debate around rising drug prices heightens, pharmacy benefit managers are taking on more scrutiny over copays that are sometimes higher than buying the drug out of pocket.

August 20, 2018 | Policy
CMS has awarded $8.6 million in funding to 30 states and the District of Columbia to help stabilize health insurance markets. The funding is part of $250 million earmarked for State Rate Review Grants to improve the process for how sates review proposed health insurance rates.

Several major pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), functional middlemen that negotiate drug prices with manufacturers, say they’ve received no commitments from big drug makers to lower prices, The Hill reported.
August 17, 2018 | Policy
Days after the state of New York filed suit against the manufacturer of a powerful opioid, President Donald Trump stated he’d like to see a federal lawsuit against more opioid makers.
In a new scholarship initiative, medical students will be able to attend New York University School of Medicine tuition free, regardless of need or merit.
August 17, 2018 | Care Delivery
CMS has announced moves to make it easier to implement changes to the Medicaid program more quickly, the agency announced Thursday.
August 16, 2018 | Quality
Younger nurses are interested in getting higher degrees, according to a recent survey from AMN Healthcare.
August 16, 2018 | Care Delivery
Considering the pervasiveness of opioid misuse and abuse, people find novel avenues to access the drugs. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released a statement outlining resource guide for veterinarians to prescribe opioids for animals.
August 16, 2018 | Policy
Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements are facing major problems. During the first month of implementation in June and July, more than 5,000 residents failed to follow through on reporting that they actually worked 80 hours.
August 16, 2018 | Policy
Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the U.S. Department of Justice for heightened scrutiny over two significant healthcare deals currently underway, citing limited competition and high drug pricing concerns in a letter.
Best Buy has entered into an agreement to purchase health services provider GreatCall for $800 million in cash, the consumer electronics retailer announced Wednesday.
August 15, 2018 | Policy
Ohio has cut pharmacy benefit managers out of its Medicaid program and instructed insurance providers to enter new contracts by Jan. 1, 2019.
August 15, 2018 | Policy
A Texas lawsuit seeking a halt in the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ramping up, with oral arguments scheduled for Sept. 10. The lawsuit, which was filed by 20 Republican state attorneys general, argues the ACA is unconstitutional.
One of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems, Adventist Health System, will soon change its name to AdventHealth.