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Amid epidemic, opioid reversal drug saw a 600% price surge, Senate report finds

November 21, 2018

A report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found the price of EVZIO, a drug designed to reverse an opioid drug-related overdose, increased from $575 per unit in 2014 to $4,100 per unit in 2017.

Walmart is offering no-cost spinal surgeries to employees—but there's a catch

November 21, 2018

Walmart beginning next year will require employees who need spinal surgery to get the procedure at one of a handful of hospitals nationwide that the company has selected for offering better-quality care at lower prices.

DOJ reaches proposed settlement with Atrium over anticompetitive insurer contracts

November 19, 2018

The Department of Justice says it has reached a proposed settlement with Atrium Health that would prohibit the health system from using anticompetitive clauses in its contracts with insurers.

Health system apologizes, more than 2 years after patient who couldn't access the ED died

November 19, 2018

Leaders at Cambridge Health Alliance last week sat down with the husband of a woman who died after collapsing outside a locked emergency department door in 2016, offering their apologies and acknowledging "multiple failures," according to the Boston Globe.

A shift in primary care: More adults seeing NPs, PAs than physicians, analysis finds

November 16, 2018

A new analysis shows U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health plans are making fewer trips to their primary care physicians, while office visits to nurse practitioners and physician assistants have increased.

HHS: Title X grantees must offer hormonal birth control

November 16, 2018

HHS has clarified that every Title X family planning grant recipient must include a provider that offers hormonal birth control.

In the states: California OKs CVS-Aetna merger, Michigan gets approval to negotiate Medicaid drug prices, and more

November 16, 2018

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

The 30 rising health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

November 15, 2018

Forbes this week released its annual 30 Under 30 in health care list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are working to improve health care delivery in the United States.

North Carolina wants to save $300M a year by pegging reimbursement to Medicare rates—but hospitals are pushing back

November 15, 2018

Hospitals in North Carolina are pushing back against a plan to tie what the state pays for workers' health care to Medicare's reimbursement rate—a move that hospitals say could jeopardize access to care.

CMS gives states more flexibility to cover inpatient mental health care

November 14, 2018

CMS under a new waiver will allow states to use federal funding to pay for up to 30 days of treatment for Medicaid beneficiaries being treated at institutions of mental disease primarily for a mental health condition.

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