September, 05, 2018

Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care

Kaiser Health News/By Jordan Rau/September 5, 2018 Unexpected medical bills top the list of health care costs Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford, with 4 in 10 people… Read More

August, 28, 2018

Nixing discharges to long-term care hospitals could save Medicare $4.6B, study finds

Healthcare Dive: By Meg Bryant: August 28, 2018 Medicare could save about $4.6 billion with no negative effect on patients by disallowing discharges to long-term care hospitals, a new SSRN analysis finds…. Read More

May, 30, 2018

Proposed Drug Price Changes to Increase Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs

PatientEngagementHIT: By Sarah Heath: May 24, 2018 Proposed amendments to drug price coverage could adversely impact patient out-of-pocket costs, causing some patients to pay more for their treatments than they had before,… Read More

May, 14, 2018

Amazon is Exploring the Role of Alexa in Chronic Disease Care

Health IT Analytics: By Jennifer Bresnick: May 11, 2018 Alexa may soon help Amazon enter the chronic disease care environment by enabling voice activated services for patients in the home. In a… Read More

May, 03, 2018

FDA Approves Akynzeo for Injection FDA Approves Akynzeo for Injection Lugano, Switzerland April 20, 2018 – Helsinn, a Swiss pharmaceutical group focused on building quality cancer care products, today announces that the U.S. Food and Drug… Read More

April, 17, 2018

Immune Therapy Scores Big Win Against Lung Cancer in Study

NEWSMAX: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s… Read More

April, 13, 2018

The VA privatization debate: 5 things to know

Healthcare Dive: By Tony Abrams / April 11, 2018 Debate over privatizing healthcare services under the Department of Veterans Affairs is nearing a boiling point as President Donald Trump’s VA secretary-nominee prepares… Read More

April, 04, 2018

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on a key step in advancing FDA’s oversight of drug compounding and implementing new laws governing outsourcing facilities

US Food and Drug Administration: March 23, 2018 Today, we’re taking a key step forward in implementing the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) and section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug,… Read More

March, 29, 2018

A Second Wave of Flu May Be On the Way, CDC Warns

TIME HEALTH: By JAMIE DUCHARME March 27, 2018 The bulk of this year’s deadly flu season was dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less… Read More

March, 27, 2018

FDA authorizes first fully interoperable continuous glucose monitoring system, streamlines review pathway for similar devices

US Food and Drug Administration: FDA News Release/March 27, 2018 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the Dexcom G6 integrated continuous glucose monitoring (iCGM) system for determining blood… Read More

March, 16, 2018

Digital Health Tools Are No Fad

eye for pharma: By Adam Chapman on Mar 14, 2018 Data generating devices may seem gimmicky, but they are poised to transform healthcare Digital health tools offer a tantalizing picture of a… Read More

March, 07, 2018

UnitedHealthcare Says It Will Pass On Rebates From Drug Companies to Consumers

The New York Times: By REED ABESON: MARCH 6, 2018 In response to growing consumer frustration over drug prices, UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, said on Tuesday that it… Read More

March, 05, 2018

FDA Approves Non-Opioid Painkiller Patch

Newsmax Health: Friday, 02 Mar 2018 04:03 PM Sorrento Therapeutics Inc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved ZTlido, its non-opioid painkiller patch for nerve pain related to… Read More

February, 27, 2018

Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8

The New York Times: By ROBERT PEARFEB. 24, 2018 As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers… Read More

February, 26, 2018

Trump short-term health plan may spur more ACA exits

Healthcare Dive: By:David Lim: February 23, 2018 The impact of the Trump administration’s latest bid rolling back the Affordable Care Act likely understates the exodus to short term health plans, with much… Read More

February, 13, 2018

Cuts to 340B program went into effect on January 1

American Pharmacists Association: By Rachel Balick, reporter/ January 22, 2018 Disproportionate share hospitals and rural referral centers lost their bid to stop CMS from implementing cuts to a federal drug pricing program… Read More

February, 09, 2018

Smorgasbord of health items in massive 2-year budget deal

Healthcare Dive: By David Lim/February 9,2018 After a few tense hours early Friday, Congress passed and the president signed a wide-ranging, two-year budget deal that also extends government funding through March 23,… Read More

February, 08, 2018

Medicaid Waiver Tracker: Which States Have Approved and Pending Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers?

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation /Published on February 2, 2018 See Approved and Pending Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers by state, as of February 2, 2018 Read More

February, 08, 2018

They’re convenient, but texted orders put patient safety at risk

American Pharmacist Association: Rachel Balick, reporter /February 6, 2018 Quicker than a phone call, simpler than an e-mail—text messaging has become the communication mode of choice for many of us. A survey… Read More

February, 08, 2018

Drugmaker GSK wins fresh Advair reprieve as Novartis copy delayed

REUTERS:HEALTH NEWS/By Ben Hirschler/ FEBRUARY 8, 2018 LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline has won another reprieve for its blockbuster Advair lung drug after U.S. regulators delayed approval of a generic copy from Novartis’s… Read More

February, 06, 2018

Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill

THE HILL: BY PETER SULLIVAN – 02/06/18 12:26 PM EST A coalition of 44 groups is calling on Congress to pass a measure aimed at fighting high drug prices that has gained… Read More

January, 04, 2018

What are 2017’s top 10 pharmacy stories?

American Pharmacists Association: January 02, 2018 Pharmacist prescribing, high blood pressure guidelines, provider status lead the list Read More

January, 02, 2018

New drug approvals hit 21-year high in 2017

Fox Business/ Published January 02, 2018 Industries/ Reuters U.S. drug approvals hit a 21-year high in 2017, with 46 novel medicines winning a green light — more than double the previous year… Read More

December, 29, 2017

FDA approves novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss

U.S. Food & Drug Administration/For Immediate Release/December 19, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec-rzyl), a new gene therapy, to treat children and adult patients with an… Read More

December, 28, 2017

Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year

The Washington Post: Health and Science/By Lenny Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham/12/21/17 American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in… Read More

November, 30, 2017

CMS extends enforcement delay to 18 months for some Phase 2 requirements

McKnights/ByEmily Mongan, Staff Writer/November 28, 2017 The new 18-month enforcement moratorium applies to a few “unique and separate” F-Tags in order to allow more time to educate providers and surveyors and address… Read More

November, 28, 2017

The absolute best way to avoid the flu is with the vaccine but ..check out these 10 natural ways to prevent colds and flu. Share with your patients today!

News Max Health: By Lynn Allison | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 10:28 Americans will come down with a whopping half-billion colds this winter and up to 20 percent of the population will… Read More

November, 27, 2017

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up

New York Times: By:REED ABELSON/ NOV. 26, 2017 They seem like odd couples: Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, is in talks to combine with CVS Health, which manages pharmacy… Read More

November, 20, 2017

Data published on novel treatment strategies for COPD care

Pharmacy Today: November 2017 The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) released an updated guideline this year on diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The guideline… Read More

October, 26, 2017

Opioid alternative mimics cannabis, relieves pain without dependency

FierceBiotech: by Arlene Weintraub | Oct 26, 2017 8:40am The compound is part of a class of medicines called positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) which work by precisely targeting receptors in the body… Read More

October, 18, 2017

2 Senators Reach Deal On A Health Law Fix, But Bringing Congress Along Is Tricky

Kaiser Health News (KHN) By Julie Rovner October 17, 2017 After nearly two months of negotiations, key senators said Tuesday they have reached a bipartisan deal on a proposal intended to stabilize… Read More

October, 18, 2017

Comprehensive algorithm released on management of type 2 diabetes

PHARMACY TODAY: October 2017,Volume 23, Issue 10, Pages 24–25 The morbidity and mortality burden seen in patients with diabetes is substantial, as these patients are at increased risk for both cardiovascular (CV)… Read More

October, 16, 2017

U.S. states sue to block Trump Obamacare subsidies cut

REUTERS: By: Yasmeen Aboutaleb, Dan Levine: Oct. 13, 2017 One day after his administration announced plans to end the payments next week, Trump said he would dismantle Obamacare “step by step.” His… Read More

October, 04, 2017

FDA acts to encourage generic competition for complex drugs

Modern Healthcare: By Associated Press | October 3, 2017 The Food and Drug Administration is opening a new front in its efforts to reduce high drug prices by encouraging development of generic… Read More

October, 04, 2017

Payers and providers struggle to engage patients

Modern Healthcare: By Rachel Z. Arndt | October 4, 2017 Spurred on by the shift to value-based care, payers and providers are investing in technologies to drive consumer engagement, but consumers aren’t… Read More

September, 26, 2017

Survey: Trust in health insurance plans dips to all-time low

Healthcare Dive: Author Les Masterson/Published September 25, 2017 The 11th annual ReviveHealth Trust Index found that Americans don’t trust the healthcare industry and especially distrust health insurance plans. Two-thirds of respondents said… Read More

September, 25, 2017

Everyone Says We Must Control Exorbitant Drug Prices. So, Why Don’t We?

KHN: By Jay Hancock September 25, 2017 But any momentum to address prescription drug costs — a problem that a large number of Americans now believe government should solve — has been… Read More

September, 25, 2017

U.S. Republicans tweak Obamacare repeal bill, support tepid

Reuters: #POLITICSSEPTEMBER 25, 2017 / 1:05 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican senators struggled to gather more support for a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare on Monday despite… Read More

September, 05, 2017

Program Teaches MTM-Focused Teams How to Tell Their Stories

ASHP: By Kate Traynor/News Writer/News Center/ August 11, 2017 In a healthcare environment that emphasizes the value of care, pharmacists are turning to a resource for developing and sharing stories about how… Read More

September, 01, 2017

Keytruda (pembrolizumab) in Patients with Multiple Myeloma: FDA Statement – Two Clinical Trials on Hold

U.S. Food and Drug Administration News Release 8/31/17 AUDIENCE: Oncology ISSUE: Based on data from two recently halted clinical trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is issuing this statement to… Read More

September, 01, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Pharmacy Resources

NCPA: The Voice of Community Pharmacy/ News Release Healthcare Ready’s Rx Open is an interactive map that helps patients and providers find nearby open pharmacies in areas impacted by disaster. The map… Read More

August, 24, 2017

Centurion Labs Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Ninjacof (Lot # 200N1601) and Ninjacof A (Lot# 201NA1601) Products Due to Potential Burkholderia Cepacia Contamination

US Food & Drug Administration: Safety: August 22, 2017 Centurion Labs is voluntarily recalling, as a precautionary measure, 1 lot of Ninjacof (Lot# 200N1601) and 1 lot of Ninjacof A (Lot# 201NA1601)… Read More

August, 23, 2017

Counties at Risk of Having No Insurer on the Marketplace (Exchange) in 2018

Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform/August 21, 2017 The map below shows the counties at risk of having no insurer on the marketplace (exchange) in 2018, as of August 21, 2017. The map… Read More

August, 18, 2017

Dems ask Trump officials for briefing on ObamaCare

THE HILL: HEALTHCARE/BY RACHEL ROUBEIN 08/18/17 Top Democrats on committees overseeing healthcare are requesting a briefing on the administration’s plans for ObamaCare’s open enrollment season, which begins Nov. 1, amid uncertainty over… Read More

August, 18, 2017

Nursing Homes Move Into The Insurance Business

KHN: By Jordan Rau/ July 13, 2017 Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give… Read More

August, 14, 2017

Mandatory bundled payment programs could be stopped

Healthcare Dive: By Shannon Muchmore/ Published August 14, 2017 HHS is proposing to eliminate some mandatory bundled payment programs, including those for heart attacks and those for hip and femur fractures, according… Read More

August, 11, 2017

Why One Insurer’s Collapse Could Whack Insurers, Policyholders Across the Country

KNH: By Chad Terhune/ August 7, 2017 Among all the reasons for rising health insurance premiums, this one might be the most obscure: A long-term care insurer in Pennsylvania just went belly-up…. Read More

August, 11, 2017

Only One Thing Can Save Pharma

eye for pharma: By Katie Osborne/Jul 25, 2017 The pharmaceutical industry is standing on the edge of an unknown world. The rising costs of medicines, health systems struggling to cope with ever-greater… Read More

August, 11, 2017

Team-based care can deliver several benefits: investigation

McKnights: By Kimberly Marselas/August 09, 2017 Wound care: An interdisciplinary team that manages wound-related supplies with the help of a pharmacist can lead to better selection and less waste, according to a… Read More

August, 10, 2017

How Vulnerable Are We to Prescription Pill Manufacturers?

Healthline: Written by Shawn Radcliffe on July 6, 2017 Several cases of contaminated medications have raised concerns about the quality of drugs manufactured in the United States.Read More

August, 08, 2017

Should Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Always Include Finishing a Prescribed Medication?

Scientific American: By Dina Fine Maron on July 26, 2017 If there were a battle hymn against antibiotic resistance, it would have one common refrain: Every inappropriate prescription or insufficient dose strengthens… Read More

August, 07, 2017

After Health Care Collapse, GOP Seeks Redemption With Tax Cuts

NPR/Politics/By Susan Davis/ August 4, 20175:00 AM ET The White House says the fight over health care is not over, but on Capitol Hill, Republicans are ready to move on. “The president… Read More

August, 07, 2017

DEA proposes cutting production of some opioid painkillers

REUTERS: #HEALTH NEWS/Reporting by Natalie Grover in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar AUGUST 4, 2017 (Reuters) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Friday proposed a 20 percent reduction in… Read More

August, 07, 2017

As ACA Emerges From The Rubble Intact, Attention Shifts To Enrollment Season

KHN: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations/ August 7, 2017 Many questions remain about what exactly the enrollment period will look like, and if President Donald Trump and his… Read More

August, 05, 2017

Federal judge enters consent decree against outsourcing facility Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions

United States Food and Drug Administration: FDA News Release/August 4, 2017 U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby entered a consent decree of permanent injunction yesterday between the United States and Isomeric Pharmacy… Read More

August, 02, 2017

Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency

CNN:By Wayne Drash,Updated 2:31 PM ET, Tue August 1, 2017 (CNN)The White House panel examining the nation’s opioid epidemic has told President Trump to declare a national public health emergency to combat… Read More

August, 01, 2017

Express Scripts to cover Mylan’s EpiPen, exclude rivals

REUTERS: HEALTH NEWS:JULY 31, 2017 / 11:13 AM / 18 HOURS AGO REUTERS NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co said on Monday it would favor drugmaker Mylan… Read More

August, 01, 2017

Trump aims at insurers in battle over healthcare subsidies

REUTERS: BySusan Heavey and Caroline Humer/July 31, 2017 WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at insurers on Monday in an escalating threat to cut the healthcare subsidy payments… Read More

July, 31, 2017

Trump threatens health insurance benefits for lawmakers

THE HILL: BY JULIA MANCHESTER – 07/29/17 04:59 PM EDT President Trump ratcheted up his pressure on lawmakers to pass a healthcare plan Saturday with a threat to end key ObamaCare payments… Read More

July, 31, 2017

Mentoring new pharmacists in valuable skills that are not taught in school

APhA/PHARMACY TODAY: Volume 23, Issue 7, Page 1: By: Joey Sweeney, PharmD, BCPS Now that summer is here, the usual hiring frenzy has almost come to an end. Newly minted pharmacists are… Read More

July, 29, 2017

Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No

The New York Times By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN/JULY 27, 2017 WASHINGTON — The Senate in the early hours of Friday morning rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts… Read More

July, 24, 2017

Despite federal delays, bundled payments will be entrenched in US healthcare

Healthcare Dive/AUTHOR Les Masterson/PUBLISHED July 17, 2017 Amid yet another delay in CMS-led bundled payment programs, the popular value-based reimbursement model seems poised to continue as a favorite for providers. Bundled payments… Read More

July, 24, 2017

Follow The Money: Drugmakers Deploy Political Cash As Prices And Anger Mount

KHN/By Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas and Sydney Lupkin/ July 24, 2017 Two federal investigations — one examining opioid sales, another about a multiple sclerosis drug whose price had soared to $34,000… Read More

July, 22, 2017

Medicaid Changes in Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Go Beyond ACA Repeal and Replace

Kaiser Family Foundation/Jul 21, 2017/ By: Robin Rudowitz, Larisa Antonisse, and MaryBeth Musumeci The Senate released an updated discussion draft of legislation called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) on… Read More

July, 21, 2017

Quadruple-dose flu vaccine lowers SNF residents’ hospitalizations, largest study shows

McKnights/Alyssa Salela, Editorial Intern/ July 21, 2017 Vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly decrease the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations during flu season, according to the… Read More

July, 20, 2017

CDC Awards $12M to Help States Fight Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tue, 07/18/2017 – 6:15am The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be awarding this week more than $12 million to 23 states and… Read More

July, 18, 2017

Unpaid Premiums? Switching Plans? What Changes Are Coming For 2018 Coverage

KHN – Kaiser Health News By Michelle Andrews July 18, 2017 People are anxious about what’s going to happen with marketplace coverage next year. Even as Republicans contemplate their next move in… Read More

July, 18, 2017

Federal fraud takedown another warning shot for providers

Healthcare Dive By: Jeff Byers@jeffpbyers/Shannon Muchmore@stmuchmore July 18, 2017 Last week, the HHS charged 412 individuals for a total of $1.3 billion in false healthcare billings, the largest enforcement action from the… Read More

July, 15, 2017

Prescription Drug Safety News

AWARXE Prescription Drug Safety News is a publication prepared by the NABP Foundation®. July 14, 2017 Ultra-Sten and D-Zine Recall Alert Amount of Opioid Prescriptions Remains High, Reports CDC Several States Face… Read More

July, 15, 2017

Are Biobetters Better?

Eye for Pharma By James Wright on Jul 3, 2017 Many companies are actively working on the development of ‘biobetters’ – improved versions of originator biological drugs – but are these drugs… Read More

July, 12, 2017

Potential Signals of Serious Risks/New Safety Information Identified by the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS): January – March 2017

USDA Potential Signal of a Serious Risk / New Safety Information Additional Information (as of June 30, 2017) Read More

July, 12, 2017

Public wants GOP to work with Dems on health care

AXIOS Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation 11 hrs ago Senate Majority Leader McConnell has given his fellow Republicans a warning: if they do not pass a bill to repeal and replace the… Read More

July, 07, 2017

A painkiller at the heart of the opioid epidemic has been taken off the market

BUSINESS INSIDER By: Lydia Ramsey Jul. 6, 2017, 12:43 PM Endo International just took its extended-release opioid painkiller Opana ER (otherwise known as oxymorphone hydrochloride) off the market. The move comes almost… Read More

July, 07, 2017

Patient Safety and Compounded Medications

National Pain Report Posted on June 28, 2017 By Terri Lewis, PhD. On Friday, June 26, 2017, families and victims of the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak of 2012 witnessed the sentencing of… Read More

July, 07, 2017

What Are the Implications for Medicare of the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act?

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Jul 06, 2017 by Juliette Cubanski and Tricia Neuman Issue Brief An important question in the debate over proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… Read More

July, 06, 2017

As Seniors Get Sicker, They’re More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

KHN (Kaiser Health News) By Fred Schulte July 6, 2017 When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats… Read More

July, 06, 2017

Heartburn drugs tied to greater mortality

By Anne Harding (Reuters Health) July 5, 2017 Widely used heartburn drugs are associated with increased risk of death, and the longer a person uses the drugs, the greater the risk, new… Read More

June, 21, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations June 21, 2017 News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing. Stat: Pricing Pressure And Patent Expirations Force A… Read More

June, 21, 2017

Today Is Deadline For Insurers To Commit To Sell In 2018’s ‘Very Challenged’ Obamacare Market

KHN Morning Briefing June 21, 2017 Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Concerns continue that pockets across the country will lack insurers or competition. But while some titans of… Read More

June, 21, 2017


Pacific Research Institute | by Sally C. Pipes | June 19, 2017 – Washington Examiner For years, Democrats have ignored the Constitution in order to prop up Obamacare’s collapsing insurance exchanges. Now,… Read More

June, 21, 2017

The New War On Sepsis

Kaiser Health News | By Anna Gorman | Photos by Heidi de Marco | June 21, 2017 – Dawn Nagel, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., knew she was… Read More

June, 19, 2017

Ear To The Door: 5 Things Being Weighed In Secret Health Bill Also Weigh It Down

KHN (Kaiser Health News)/ By Julie Rovner/ June 16, 2017 Anyone following the debate over the “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act knows the 13 Republican senators writing the bill… Read More

June, 19, 2017

FDA Approves Symjepi – SAN DIEGO, June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ:ADMP) (“Adamis”) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has approved Adamis’ EPINEPHRINE INJECTION, USP, 1:1000… Read More

June, 19, 2017

False Claims Act settlement to cost Genesis $53.6 million

McKnight’s | Emily Mongan, Staff Writer | June 19, 2017 – Genesis Healthcare Inc. has agreed to pay more than $53 million to settle six lawsuits that alleged the long-term care giant… Read More

June, 19, 2017

Ear To The Door: 5 Things Being Weighed In Secret Health Bill Also Weigh It Down

Kaiser Health News | by Julie Rovner | June 16, 2017 – Anyone following the debate over the “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act knows the 13 Republican senators writing… Read More

June, 16, 2017

Sustainability of dramatic drop in SNF antipsychotic use in doubt

McKnight’s | Emily Mongan, Staff Writer | June 16, 2017 – A new report is calling into question the sustainability of recent reductions in antipsychotic use among nursing home residents, and whether… Read More

June, 15, 2017

Current Projected Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Exchanges

CMS:Date2017-06-13 Title County by County Analysis of Current Projected Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Contact The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing a county-level map of 2018 projected Health… Read More

June, 15, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect | by Amanda Del Signore | June 13, 2017 – In a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article, researchers reported study results that showed older adults with moderate-to-severe pain… Read More

June, 14, 2017

Unable To Arrest Opioid Epidemic, Red States Warm To Needle Exchanges

Kaiser Health News | Shefali Luthra | June 14, 2017 WILMINGTON, N.C. — Former heroin user Kendra Williams, 24, knows she’s lucky. She recalls sharing dirty syringes to shoot up, risking hepatitis… Read More

June, 13, 2017

Major investor leaves HCR Manorcare: Report

McKnight’s | Elizabeth Leis Newman, Senior Editor | June 13, 2017 – Private equity and investment firm Carlyle Group is letting go of HCR ManorCare, one of the nation’s largest nursing home… Read More

June, 12, 2017

CHAP Releases Standard of Excellence Ahead of New Home Health CoPs

HomeCare | Friday, June 09, 2017 | 10:37AM WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2017) – Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) released the 2018 CHAP Standards of Excellence v.1 that will equip home health… Read More

June, 12, 2017

NIC: Skilled nursing occupancy rates could hit new lows in 2017

McKnight’s | Emily Mongan, Staff Writer | June 09, 2017 – Occupancy rates in the skilled nursing sector could sink to new lows this year if current trends continue, according to a… Read More

June, 09, 2017

State-level single-payer healthcare faces death by sticker-shock

Washington Examiner | by Sally Pipes, contributor | June 07, 2017 | Opinion Californians and New Yorkers could soon discover just how expensive “free” healthcare really is. On June 1, California’s Senate… Read More

June, 09, 2017


Managed Healthcare Connect | June 08, 2017 Authors: Yun Cai, MSN, AGNP1• Kathleen Abrahamson, PhD, RN1 • Arif Nazir, MD, CMD2 • Nancy Edwards, PhD, AGNP1 • Elizabeth Richards, PhD, RN1 Affiliations:… Read More

June, 09, 2017

As Delaware Insurance Options Shrink, Families Are ‘Holding Our Breath’

Kaiser Health News | by Steven Findlay | June 09, 2017 – DOVER, Del. — Andy and Serena Ryan get their health coverage through the state’s Affordable Care Act insurance exchange and… Read More

June, 08, 2017

A big threat gone, but bigger threat looms

McKnight’s | James M. Berklan, Editor | June 8, 2017 – One must always remember when speaking with Mark Parkinson that he is a lawyer. And a former state governor, and a… Read More

June, 07, 2017

NIH creates COPD National Action Plan

Clinical Advisor | Madeline Morr, Assistant Editor | June 7, 2017 – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with federal and non-federal partners, has released the first-ever COPD National… Read More

June, 07, 2017

Drug-resistant bacteria found in over 25% of nursing-home residents

(HealthDay News) — Multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), such as Escherichia coli, can be found in more than one-quarter of nursing-home residents, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection… Read More

June, 06, 2017

Feds To Waive Penalties For Some Who Signed Up Late For Medicare

Kaiser Health News | by Susan Jaffe | June 6, 2017 – Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that… Read More

June, 05, 2017

ACA replacement plan unlikely to come this year, Senator says

McKnight’s (6/5/2017) – Providers aren’t likely to see the Senate formulate a healthcare plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this year, according to one Republican lawmaker. Sen. Richard Burr… Read More

June, 05, 2017

Many COPD Patients Struggle To Pay For Each Medicinal Breath

Kaiser Health News, by Sarah Jane Tribble | June 5, 2017 After a lifetime of smoking, Juanita Milton needs help breathing. She’s tethered to an oxygen tank 24/7 and uses two drug… Read More

June, 03, 2017

Clinical and financial ramifications of undiagnosed depression in SNFs

McKnight’s | 6/2/2017 | Robert W. Figlerski, Ph.D. – f I were to tell you that a virus was spreading throughout the world and more than 300 million people were infected —… Read More

June, 03, 2017


Managed Healthcare Connect – June 1, 2017 Authors: James K. Cooper, MD, AGSF Issue: Volume 15 – Issue 8 – August, 2007 – ALTC Our treatment of folks in end-stage heart disease… Read More

June, 01, 2017


NCPA LTC – Alexandria, Va. May 21, 2015 – On May 20, 2015, a joint letter was submitted to the U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with comments from long-term care… Read More

June, 01, 2017

Senators’ Dueling Web Shoutouts Echo Nation’s Partisan Divide On Obamacare

Kaiser Health News (June 1, 2017) by Rachel Bluth – Politically, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are not all that far apart. Both are moderates who rejected proposed cuts… Read More

June, 01, 2017

EHR vendor to pay $155 million in first-of-its-kind False Claims Act case

McKnight’s (6/1/2017) – Electronic health records vendor eClinicalWorks will pay $155 million to settle claims that it misrepresented its software and gave kickbacks to customers, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Government… Read More

May, 30, 2017

Target Of Medicare Insider Trading Case Boasted He Was Unstoppable ‘Beast’

Kaiser Health News (5/30/2017) – In his prime, consultant David Blaszczak bragged that he made millions for his hedge-fund clients when he predicted important Medicare funding changes. “Warren Buffett can eat it,”… Read More

May, 30, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect (5/30/2017) – A recent bipartisan measure advanced by the Senate Finance Committee may expand Medicare to include some long-term services and supports. According to a Forbes article, the… Read More

May, 27, 2017

Millions Of Ill People May Face ‘Extremely High Premiums’ Under House Bill, CBO Says

KHN | Kaiser Health News By Julie Rovner May 24, 2017 The Republican overhaul of the federal health law passed by the House this month would result in slightly lower premiums and… Read More

May, 26, 2017

On the healthcare bill, nothing to CBO here

Washington Examiner, by Sally Pipes,contributor | 5/25/2017 – The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released its report on the American Health Care Act, which passed the House earlier this month. The agency… Read More

May, 26, 2017

Does telling patients of possible side effects make them more likely?

REUTERS/ May 25, 2017 By – Lisa Rapapart Patients who are told their medication can have certain side effects may report these symptoms more often than patients who aren’t aware their treatment… Read More

May, 26, 2017

Republicans go to battle over pre-existing conditions

THE HILL BY PETER SULLIVAN AND RACHEL ROUBEIN – 05/26/17 06:00 AM EDT Senate Republicans are talking about including some of the same controversial waivers from a House bill repealing ObamaCare that… Read More

May, 25, 2017

Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

REUTERS/ May 24, 2017 By Yasmeen Abutaleb | WASHINGTON A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets… Read More

May, 24, 2017

New bill could force Sanofi, Novo & Lilly to reveal their insulin pricing secrets

Fierce Pharma/by Eric Sagonowsky | May 22, 2017 10:01am As a variety of states weigh measures targeting pharmaceutical pricing, Nevada’s Senate has passed a tough new bill that would publicly spotlight insulin… Read More

May, 23, 2017

Regeneron, Sanofi rheumatoid arthritis drug wins U.S. approval

Reuters May 22, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi’s biotech drug for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, the two companies said on Monday. The… Read More

May, 23, 2017

Divisions emerge in the Senate on pre-existing conditions

The Hill (5/23/2017) – Senate Republicans are showing early divisions over what to do about ObamaCare’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Some conservatives, including Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), want to simply… Read More

May, 23, 2017


Health Care Connect (5/23/2017) – Over 75 health care organizations have just sent a joint letter to Senate legislators urging them to “reject the AHCA [American Health Care Act]” in an effort… Read More

May, 23, 2017

Trump budget calls for $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid

McKnight’s (5/23/2017) – President Donald Trump’s first official budget plan would slash more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program over 10 years, according to published reports. Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget… Read More

May, 19, 2017

Do Best-Selling Drugs That Calm Stomachs Damage Kidneys? The Answer’s Unclear.

Kaiser Health News (5/17/2017) – Sherry Herman was watching TV when the ad popped up on the screen. Lawyers were seeking clients for a class-action lawsuit, suggesting a link between certain heartburn… Read More

May, 19, 2017

Nursing homes and hospice providers face looming emergency preparedness deadline

Modern Healthcare (5/17/2017) – After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Amedisys decided it needed to upgrade its disaster plan. The national home healthcare and hospice provider began conducting risk analysis and factoring in… Read More

May, 19, 2017

FREE SPEECH CAN IMPROVE HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES (5/17/2017) – In a unanimous and bipartisan vote, Arizona’s legislature passed the Free Speech in Medicine Act, which was signed into law about two months ago. Passing anything with bipartisan support… Read More

May, 17, 2017


PRI (4/25/2017) by by Wayne Winegarden – A more realistic evaluation of U.S. prescription drug prices shows that high drug prices are not actually driving up health care costs overall, and reflect… Read More

May, 17, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect (5/16/2017) – Every year 1 in 4 individuals 65 years and older fall and more than 2.8 million end up in emergency departments for treatment of fall-related injuries,… Read More

May, 16, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect (5/16/2017) – A recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed that it would no longer make enrollment for small-business plans available on the… Read More

May, 16, 2017

Yelp for drugs? Sermo debuts drug-rating tool for doctors featuring reviews, ratings and comments

FiercePharma (5/15/17) – Like consumers who scroll Amazon reviews, doctors looking for opinions on prescription drugs have a new place to turn. The Drug Ratings online database, launched last week by physician… Read More

May, 15, 2017

CMS Gives States Until 2022 To Meet Medicaid Standards Of Care

Kaiser Health News (5/11/2017) – The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being forced to go… Read More

May, 15, 2017

Preventable hospitalizations down, nursing home quality steady, report finds

McKnight’s (5/15/2017) – Potentially preventable hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries have dropped 25% over the past four years, according to a report published last week. The United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Ranking… Read More

May, 15, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect ( 5/14/2017) – The Harvard Drug Group is voluntarily recalling 914 cartons of fluconazole tablets, USP, 200 mg, and 2341 cartons of fluconazole tablets, USP, 100 mg; fluconazole… Read More

May, 12, 2017

A path to success for LTC antibiotic stewardship

McKnight’s (5/12/2017) – There are two dates fast approaching that will have a major impact on long-term care operations and revenue: On Nov. 28, 2017, Phase II of CMS’s final rule for… Read More

May, 10, 2017

It’s Time to Switch Our Pharmacy Benefit Manager

Forbes (5/9/17) – Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in the nation, is discovering just how much customer service matters. It may also be discovering that suing your biggest customer… Read More

May, 10, 2017


Consultant 360 (5/10/17) – Regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), even for as little as a week and especially at higher doses, could increase the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), according… Read More

May, 10, 2017


Consultant 360 (5/9/2017) – The American College of Physicians has released an updated guideline for the treatment of osteoporosis and low bone density for the prevention fractures. The guidelines update the 2008… Read More

May, 10, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect (5/10/2017) – On Tuesday, the US Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb, MD, to head the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr Gottlieb was confirmed by a 57-42 vote, with… Read More

May, 08, 2017

Inside the ‘Scorpion Room’ Where Drug Price Secrets Are Guarded

Bloomberg (5/4/2017) – Susan Hayes can’t forget the trek from the parking lot, across a dusty patch of Arizona desert, to a dingy building without air conditioning and through a door marked… Read More

May, 08, 2017

CMS opioid strategy could keep palliative care patients from receiving therapy, expert says

McKnight’s (5/8/17) – A plan released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to combat opioid abuse could end up harming patients who require the drugs for end-of-life-care, according to one… Read More

May, 04, 2017

Long-term care pharmacy: missed opportunities

McKnight’s (5/3/2017) – One thing I’ve learned since joining this business years ago is that if you want a creative, persuasive thinker on your team, you could do a whole lot worse… Read More

May, 04, 2017

Analysts Predict Medicaid Disruption Under Repeal and Replace Plan

Provider (4/3/2017) – Patrick Connole – ​If the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are successful in passing Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal and replace” legislation, changing the current funding rules for the… Read More

May, 03, 2017

Sea creature drug shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

McKnight’s (5/3/2017) – A new experimental drug is gaining attention for its novel approach to prevent Alzheimer’s-related memory loss, as well as its unique ingredient — a bushy sea creature that resembles… Read More

May, 03, 2017

Managed Health Care Connect (5/3/2017) WHAT OPIOID LEADS TO LONG-TERM USE? Patients with chronic pain who are initially prescribed ________________ are most likely to transition to long-term opioid use, according to a… Read More

May, 03, 2017

Will RUGs be swept under the rug?

i Advance Senior Care (4/29/2017) – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an advance notice of proposed rule-making that could change everything about RUG billing in nursing homes…. Read More

April, 28, 2017

CMS proposes 1.0% Medicare raise for nursing homes

McKnight’s (4/28/2017) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has recommended increasing Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities by $390 million in fiscal 2018. The agency proposed new payment rules for… Read More

April, 28, 2017

How a Collaborative Approach to Care Coordination is Improving Senior Living Care

Modern Healthcare (3/6/2017) – Care providers communicate and coordinate care every day in order to help the sick get better, especially those who are ageing and increasingly unable to proactively engage in… Read More

April, 27, 2017


Managed Health Care Connect (4/27/2017) – Older adults who begin taking new prescriptions of sleeping pills have more than double the chances of hip fracture in the first two weeks compared to… Read More

April, 26, 2017

NCPA Publishes Resource on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

HomeCare Magazine (April 25, 2017) — The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has released a new resource that documents for policymakers, patients and the media the discrepancy between what pharmacy benefit managers… Read More

April, 26, 2017

Fiscal 2018 payment rules for SNFs, hospice on the way

McKnights (4/26/2017) – Proposed fiscal year 2018 payment rules for skilled nursing facilities and hospices will soon be published for public comment, according to one federal website., the website for the… Read More

April, 24, 2017

Kindred may be eyeing sale along with skilled nursing exit

McKnight’s (4/24/2017) – Kindred Healthcare Inc. may be exploring a sale amidst an uncertain future for post-acute care reimbursements, Reuters reported on Friday. The healthcare giant is rumored to be working with… Read More

April, 24, 2017

Hacking attacks against providers soared in 2016

Healthcare IT News (04/20/2017) – Hacking attacks on healthcare providers skyrocketed in 2016, according to an analysis by consulting firm CynergisTek. The company’s seventh annual breach report concludes there were 325 large… Read More

April, 24, 2017

Per-person Medicaid caps could cut funding for dual eligibles by $44 billion

McKnight’s (4/21/2017) – Spending on beneficiaries who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare could drop by $44 billion over the next ten years if the Medicaid program moves to a limiting per-capita… Read More

April, 13, 2017

Focus on Alzheimer’s disease shifts to prevention

UAB (4/11/2017) – It has been 111 years since Auguste D. became the first person described with what is now called Alzheimer’s disease. German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer, for whom the disease is… Read More

April, 13, 2017

Nearly half of SNF residents with dementia get ‘questionable’ drugs, study finds

(McKnight’s – April 11, 2017) – Nearly half of nursing home residents with dementia received at least one medication with limited benefits or unnecessary risks shortly before their death, according to recent… Read More

April, 07, 2017

Aetna Exits Iowa’s Health Law Exchanges, Saying Moves To Stabilize Marketplace Not Enough

Kaiser Health News (April 7, 2017) – The decision comes on the heels of Iowa’s other major insurer — Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield — announcing it will no longer sell… Read More

April, 07, 2017

Medtronic close to $6B sale of medical device business to Cardinal Health

News that Medtronic was exploring a sale of its medical supply business surfaced earlier this year. At that time, it was not clear if Medtronic would pursue a deal with a single… Read More

March, 30, 2017

Future of Medicaid managed care still uncertain

McKnight’s (03/28/2017) – If the GOP’s American Health Care Act had passed, the federal match for $550 billion of Medicaid would have ended by moving to per-beneficiary spending limits. That would have… Read More

March, 30, 2017

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of heart failure in four European countries: nested case-control study

BMJ (9/28/2016) – Abstract Objectives   To investigate the cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and estimate the risk of hospital admission for heart failure with use of individual NSAIDs. Design  … Read More

March, 30, 2017

Where are we going with long-term care?

McKnight’s (3/27/2017) – Long-term care was never planned. It was never even consistently defined. A generally useful definition is that it is a set of services to assist persons who have lost,… Read More

March, 30, 2017

Big pharma’s offer to Trump: discounts when drugs don’t work

Bloomberg (2/6/2017) – President Donald Trump says drug prices are astronomical and something needs to be done. Pharmaceutical giants have an answer that doesn’t involve lowering list prices: refunding some of the… Read More

March, 30, 2017

Who’s really controlling your drug prices? 5 things to know

Dayton Daily News (1/26/2017) – While high-profile stories of price increases for life-saving prescription medications have earned negative attention for pharmaceutical manufacturers, many in the public are unaware of the role played… Read More

March, 30, 2017

US approves Roche drug that targets severe form of MS

Reuters (3/29/2017) – Roche’s multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Ocrevus won U.S. approval, putting the potential blockbuster back on track after a brief delay and giving a lift to patients with a form… Read More