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  1. 9 recent lawsuits involving pharma companies, PBMs, distributors, pharmacists

    Below are nine legal actions involving members of the drug supply chain, including pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, pharmacists and distributors, reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the last two weeks.
  2. Shoppers to close 30 pharmacies, sell prescription files to CVS, Walgreens

    Shoppers Food and Pharmacy will close all 30 of its pharmacy locations in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore area in the next few weeks, according to NBC Washington.
  3. Sandoz poaches veteran GlaxoSmithKline exec

    Richard Saynor, a former GlaxoSmithKline senior executive, was named CEO of Novartis' Sandoz unit April 24, according to Endpoints News.

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  1. CMS proposes raising payments for CAR-T therapies

    In its annual Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, CMS said it will increase payments for expensive CAR-T cell cancer therapies.
  2. 10 least costly private medical schools

    The cost of attending one of the 44 ranked private medical schools in the 2018-19 school year ranges from $32,823 to $67,810, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  3. VA CIO James Gfrerer: 3 insights on the agency's health tech developments

    Department of Veterans Affairs CIO James Gfrerer detailed the agency's progress on IT initiatives as well as his goals to enhance veterans' digital health at an April 10 American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council event, Government CIO Media reports.
  4. Recession would rock for-profit and nonprofit hospitals, Moody's says

    Hospitals are somewhat resistant to recessions because they provide medically necessary services, but  for-profit and nonprofit institutions would both feel the sting of an economic slowdown, Moody's Investors Service says in the latest edition of its quarterly publication. 

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  1. FDA clears 1st AI smartphone device to detect 3 types of heart arrhythmia

    AliveCor, the Mountain View, Calif.-based artificial intelligence and medtech company, has received FDA clearance for two more analyses on its AI-powered KardiaMobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device.
  2. Physician viewpoint: Data privacy must be main priority in digitizing healthcare

    As technological innovation continues to revolutionize healthcare, there is a growing concern about the privacy of digitized health data. While it is imperative that personal information is protected, according to Robert Wachter, MD, chair of the University of California San Francisco's department of medicine, it is equally crucial to ensure that this data can still be shared across platforms.
  3. Police arrest patient wanted in connection to Louisiana nurse's death

    Police arrested a mental health patient April 24 who is suspected of fatally attacking a nurse at Baton Rouge (La.) General Medical Center's Mid City campus, reports ABC affiliate
  4. Hypertension ranks as most prevalent millennial health condition, BCBS says

    Of the top 10 health conditions among millennials, six are fall into the behavioral health category, according to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index.

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  1. Mayo Clinic, Amazon, Johns Hopkins considered top places to work

    More than half of the brands consumers would be most proud to work for are health institutes or technology companies, according to YouGov BrandIndex's 2019 Workforce Rankings.
  2. Atrium Health appoints Michael Parkerson chief marketing officer: 4 notes

    Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health selected Michael Parkerson to serve as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, effective May 1.
  3. Ascension taps Jeffrey D. Nowlin as senior VP, Oklahoma ministry market exec

    St. Louis-based Ascension appointed Jeffrey D. Nowlin senior vice president and ministry market executive for its Oklahoma region, effective April 29.
  4. Arizona law will extend telehealth insurance to all health specialties

    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a new law April 18 that requires telehealth services be covered by commercial health plans, The National Law Review reports.
  5. Medical City Denton selects CFO: 3 notes

    Medical City Denton (Texas) appointed Adam Proctor CFO.
  6. Pew: 'Poor' EHR usability can provoke drug, treatment errors for pediatric patients

    Challenges to EHR usability can pose medication safety risks, such as incorrect prescriptions, overdoses and treatment delays, which can leave pediatric patients particularly vulnerable, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  7. 16 hospitals, health systems seeking Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, Meditech talent

    Four of the top vendors hospitals used to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and Meditech, according to 2018 ONC data.
  8. Emergency Care Partners, Ascension Emergency Physicians merge

    Pensacola, Fla.-based Emergency Care Partners, a regional provider of emergency medicine and outsourced emergency department management services, is merging with Gonzales, La.-based Ascension Emergency Physicians.
  9. Union’s TV commercial in DC accuses Kaiser Permanente of delaying, denying mental healthcare

    The National Union of Healthcare Workers has released a cable TV commercial accusing Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente of delaying and denying mental healthcare.

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