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Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

By Associated Press  |  August 17, 2017

The American Medical Association says doctors and their patients, not pharmacy benefit managers, should determine opioid treatment plans, criticizing Express Scripts' plan to limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users.

Out with nursing homes, in with home health care

Out with nursing homes, in with home health care

By Nona Tepper  |  August 17, 2017

Northwestern Medicine may have found the one hospital market where investment in long-term care hasn't paid off: affluent north suburban Lake Forest, Ill.

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

By Associated Press  |  August 17, 2017

Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the cost-sharing subsidies, though the Congressional Budget Office has warned that premiums would rise sharply without the payments. So far, Trump still hasn't guaranteed that payments will be made long term.

New York approves 14.6% rate hike for health plans

By Caroline Lewis and Jonathan LaMantia  |  August 17, 2017

Although insurers asked for a 17.7% increase, New York's Department of Financial Services approved a 14.6% bump as it factored in the potential loss of cost sharing–reduction payments that insurers use to cover out-of-pocket expenses for lower-income consumers.

Summa's financial losses continue to mount

Summa's financial losses continue to mount

By Lydia Coutré  |  August 17, 2017

A new financial disclosure shows Summa Health lost more than $33 million in the first half of this year, compared with a $14 million profit for the like period last year. Interim CEO Dr. Cliff Deveny previously warned that the system was on track to lose more than $60 million in operating income...

Healthcare data breaches caused by hacks are on the rise

Healthcare data breaches caused by hacks are on the rise

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 16, 2017

As hackers gain easier access to the tools of their trade, hacks of healthcare organizations have increased dramatically, with 162% more so far in 2017 as there were in all of 2016.

UnitedHealth CEO Hemsley stepping down

UnitedHealth CEO Hemsley stepping down

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 16, 2017

Longtime UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley will step down Sept. 1, and President David Wichmann will take over. The change marks a major leadership shakeup at the nation's largest health plan.

New deal provides healthcare coverage for rural Nevada

By Associated Press  |  August 16, 2017

The deal with Centene Corp. in partnership with the Nevada-based Hometown Health will help ensure coverage is available to all Nevadans, after Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pulled out of the state's healthcare exchange.

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