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This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

Purdue Pharma is looking to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits, sources say

August 28, 2019


Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family, are in discussions with state and local governments to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits filed against the company over its alleged contribution to the U.S. opioid epidemic, according to individuals familiar with the negotiations.

Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

Here's Florida's plan to import drugs from Canada

August 27, 2019


Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration on Wednesday submitted a concept paper to HHS outlining the state's proposal for importing drugs from Canada.

A mysterious lung illness linked to vaping was just tied to its first fatality

August 26, 2019


Illinois health officials on Friday announced the first death from a severe lung illness that health care providers and officials believe is linked with e-cigarette use and vaping.

Why ACA premiums are staying flat (or even falling)

August 26, 2019


Insurers are planning to provide consumers on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges with more health plans options for the 2020 coverage year, and exchange plan premiums are projected to either stay flat or decrease.

'Fertility fraud': At-home DNA tests are revealing physicians who replaced donor sperm with their own

August 26, 2019


At-home DNA tests are revealing cases in which fertility doctors secretly used their own sperm to impregnate patients, leading some states to criminalize so-called "fertility fraud"—and sparking a debate over whether it should be considered a form of sexual assault.

How Wyoming wants to rein in air ambulance bills

August 26, 2019


Wyoming is preparing a Medicaid waiver request to expand Medicaid coverage for air ambulance rides to all state residents.

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019


HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

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