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White House expands international reference pricing to pharmacy drugs

The White House on Sunday released text of an executive order that aims to tie Medicare payments for outpatient and pharmacy drugs to the lowest price offered in comparable developed…

Strategies for consumer-centered care shift amid COVID-19

Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., had been planning to roll out a multipronged digital front door strategy over the next 24 months. But as COVID-19 cases mounted in the spring,…

Are hospitals making money treating COVID-19 patients?

On HCA Healthcare’s second-quarter investor call, an analyst asked the for-profit chain’s chief financial officer an intriguing question: What’s the profitability of COVID-19 patients?  Posed to most other health systems,…

Inova Health System hit by breach at software vendor that affects 1 million

Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va., is the latest health system to notify patients and donors that some of their personal data may have been exposed in a ransomware…

Trump’s new Supreme Court shortlist has several ACA opponents

President Donald Trump on Wednesday added 20 names to his shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees, including some fiery opponents of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court next term…

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study paused after one illness

Late-stage studies of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate are on temporary hold while the company investigates whether a patient suffered a serious side effect or if the illness had nothing to…

Hopes fading for coronavirus deal as Congress returns

At least there won’t be a government shutdown. But as lawmakers straggle back to Washington for an abbreviated preelection session, hopes are dimming for another coronavirus relief bill — or…

Quorum Health CEO Joey Jacobs steps down after 2 months

Quorum Health said Friday that its CEO of less than two months is stepping down. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based hospital chain in July tapped Joey Jacobs, the former CEO of Acadia…

Arizona urgent-care operator to pay $12.5 million for overbilling

An Arizona urgent care provider was ordered to pay $12.5 million for overbilling, the Justice Department announced Thursday. Phoenix-based Urgent Care Extra created patient care practices and billing procedures to…

Home health providers call for more flexibility in CMS’ telehealth rule

Home health providers largely support CMS’ plans to cover telehealth but ask for more flexibility in the requirements. A congressional advisory group, on the other hand, says the proposed CMS…