Walgreens Boots Alliance has settled two fraud cases with the Department of Justice, shelling out $269.2 million. In both cases, which arose from whistleblowers, Walgreens admitted and accepted responsibility for conduct alleged by the government in its complaint under the False Claims Act.
Rural hospitals in the United States have been closing at a rapid clip over the last several years––nearly 100 since 2010, according to one estimate. Another 600-plus rural hospitals are at risk of closing, with many clustered in the 14 remaining states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Pew Institute.
The U.S. government shutdown, which is now the longest-running in history, could potentially harm consumers and undermine the stability of the Affordable Care Act healthcare insurance market, The Wall Street Journal reported.
As progressive Democrats increasingly push for universal healthcare, known as Medicare for all, support for such a plan is mixed when it comes to paying for it, according to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
All signs point to technology giant Apple continuing its dive into the healthcare space with new services or devices. With its recent foray into health monitoring through its Apple Watch, the company is poised to make a splash in other areas, Fast Company predicted.