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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.

'Microinfluencers' are promoting Rx drugs on Twitter (and experts are getting worried)

November 15, 2018

Drugmakers increasingly are adopting a new marketing strategy to promote their products on social media—but some experts say the rise of the so-called "patient influencers" raises ethical concerns.

CMS' nursing home ratings might not accurately depict patient safety, study finds

November 15, 2018

New research suggests the ratings CMS posts on its Nursing Home Compare website do not accurately portray patient safety at the facilities.

Map: The best (and worst) states for hospital safety, according to Leapfrog

November 14, 2018

The Leapfrog Group's latest Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show hospitals in some states fared far better than others on patient safety metrics.

The case for treating antibiotic resistance as a national security problem

November 14, 2018

Many of the antibiotics people use today could become ineffective within three decades, and experts predict there will be few replacements unless major changes are made to the research and development process.

Medical malpractice premiums haven't risen in a decade. Here's why.

November 14, 2018

Major shifts in the health care industry have kept medical malpractice premiums steady for ten years—even as malpractice insurers' premium revenue has decreased, according to recent reports by Fitch Ratings and Medical Liability Monitor.

Another drugmaker voluntarily recalls common heart drug over possible cancer risk

November 14, 2018

FDA says Sandoz has voluntarily recalled one lot of Hyzaar, which treats high blood pressure, because an active pharmaceutical ingredient in the tablets from the lot tested positive for an organic chemical classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Leapfrog gives more than 1K US hospitals a 'C' grade or below for safety

November 9, 2018

The Leapfrog Group in its latest Hospital Safety Scores awards more than 800 hospitals an "A" grade for safety—but gives more than 1,100 organizations a grade of "C" or below.

93% of participants earned a MIPS bonus payment this year. (But it could be harder next year)

November 9, 2018

Ninety-three percent of clinicians eligible for MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System received a bonus payment for the 2017 performance year, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in a blog post.

Mandatory payment models are making a comeback, Azar says

November 9, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says CMS' Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation plans to test a mandatory Medicare payment model for radiation oncology and new versions of two previously canceled payment models for cardiac care.

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