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How an alleged Groupon scam led these patients to get 'fake Botox'

September 18, 2019


Federal and state officials last week raided a plastic surgery office following accusations that a doctor at the clinic administered non-FDA-approved drugs to patients who purchased certain services through Groupon, adding to growing concerns that Groupon users might be more vulnerable to medical scams.

A federal judge struck down Medicare's site-neutral payment rule

September 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday vacated HHS' site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

A monthly subscription to an air ambulance? Regulators say it might be too good to be true.

September 18, 2019


Some air ambulance companies are selling membership subscriptions that promise patients will pay no out-of-pocket costs if they use the transportation services, but state regulators—and some larger air ambulance companies—are skeptical of the memberships' no-cost guarantee.

12 lessons private health systems can learn from VA, according to David Shulkin

September 18, 2019


Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, who spent much of his career in the private sector, in a post on LinkedIn offers 12 tips the private health care sector can take from VA.

Medical expenses are 'the largest contributor' to poverty, Census report finds

September 17, 2019


Health care expenses were "the largest contributor" to growing U.S. poverty levels from 2017 to 2018, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released this month.

Weill Cornell will offer tuition-free education to financial aid students

September 17, 2019


Weill Cornell Medicine on Monday announced that, starting in the 2019-2020 school year, it will provide a "full ride" scholarship that covers tuition as well as room and board, books, and other expenses to all students who qualify for financial aid.

OxyContin maker Purdue files for bankruptcy. What does that mean for opioid lawsuits?

September 17, 2019


Purdue Pharma on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a tentative settlement the drugmaker reached with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories that are suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Is private equity the key to physician practice growth—or 'a risky national experiment'?

September 17, 2019


Beacon Orthopaedics recently partnered with Revelstoke Capital Partners to launch a new network of orthopedics groups to help the practices compete in a more consolidated marketplace—a partnership that observers warn could have both beneficial and detrimental results.

What's driving up the cost of employer-sponsored health benefits? Specialty drugs, chronic conditions, and more.

September 16, 2019


Chronic health conditions and specialty drugs are projected to drive up the overall cost of employer-sponsored health benefits in 2020, according to a report released last week by the consulting firm Aon.

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