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This 21-year-old can't get life-saving surgery—because her records are trapped in a defunct EHR

February 26, 2019


Two Arizona-based hospitals last year filed for bankruptcy and closed, leaving behind a slew of unpaid bills that locked the hospitals' electronic health record systems and left patients like Caitlin Secrist struggling to gain access to medical records needed for a life-saving surgery.

Purdue execs intentionally downplayed OxyContin's strength, Propublica reports after obtaining sealed testimony

February 22, 2019


Richard Sackler, a former executive at Purdue Pharmaceuticals, allegedly agreed to an internal plan to conceal OxyContin's strength from physicians, according to sealed testimony obtained by ProPublica—but Purdue in a statement claimed the testimony "supports that the company accurately disclosed the potency of OxyContin to health care providers."

Maryland Rx price gouging law effectively dead, after SCOTUS declines to hear case

February 21, 2019


The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case centered on a Maryland law intended to prevent generic drug price gouging, effectively killing the statute.

Federal government must pay insurers CSR payments, federal judges rule

February 19, 2019


Two federal court judges last week ruled the federal government violated its statutory obligation under the Affordable Care Act to pay insurers cost-sharing reduction payments.

The House can intervene in lawsuit challenging ACA's constitutionality, judge rules

February 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the House can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, but declined a request to expedite the case.

In the states: Georgia seeks partial Medicaid expansion, Maine co-op asks SCOTUS to hear case on risk corridor payments, and more

February 15, 2019


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

FDA cracks down on tobacco sales at Walgreens, Circle K stores

February 8, 2019


FDA on Thursday announced that it has asked a federal judge to temporarily prohibit a Walgreens store in Miami and a Circle K store in South Carolina from selling certain tobacco products, after the stores were cited for more than five violations over 36 months for selling tobacco products to minors.

SCOTUS temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion requirements

February 8, 2019


The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 to temporarily block a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and set certain building and equipment standards for facilities where abortions are performed.

DOJ files suit to stop nation's first supervised injection site

February 8, 2019


Federal prosecutors on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to stop a Philadelphia group from opening the nation's first medically supervised injection site—a controversial approach intended to address the United States' opioid epidemic.

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