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California Takes On Health Giant Over High Costs Print E-mail
Written by Chad Terhune and Ana B. Ibarra | KHN   
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:24

California's attorney general sued Sutter Health, accusing the hospital giant of illegally quashing competition and for years overcharging consumers and employers. The lawsuit marked a bold move by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra against the dominant health care system in Northern California as concerns mount nationally about consolidation among hospitals, insurers and other industry middlemen. The antitrust suit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, asks the court to prevent Sutter from engaging in anticompetitive practices and "overcharges." It said Sutter employs a variety of improper tactics, such as gag clauses on prices, "punitively high" out-of-network charges and "all-or-nothing" contract terms that require all of its facilities to be included in insurance networks.

Sutter, which owns 24 hospitals, reported net income of $893 million last year on $12.4 billion in revenue. The company's nonprofit health system also has 35 surgery centers, 32 urgent-care clinics and more than 5,000 physicians in its network.

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Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2018 17:06
Lawsuit claims CVS unintentionally revealed HIV status of 6,000 customers Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 02 April 2018 17:04

Carma Hassan, via CNN on April 1, 2018, informs us CVS is being sued for revealing HIV status of 6,000 customers in Ohio. A direct-mail piece was poorly designed and allowed HIV status to be revealed without opening the envelope (it showed the status of participants in the state's HIV drug assistance program through the envelopes' glassine window).

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2018 16:33
Trump Signs 2018 Budget, With Some Big Wins for Healthcare Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 26 March 2018 17:30

Alicia Ault reports, for Medscape on March 23, 2018, that President Donald J. Trump signed the huge $1.3 trillion budget bill that will fund the federal government through the rest of its fiscal 2018 year, including some big increases for health programs and money to fight the opioid crisis.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:33
The Healthcare Revolution is Here: 9 Predictions Print E-mail
Written by BDO   
Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

From blockbuster deals, to unprecedented medical and technology breakthroughs, there is a major development in the healthcare industry nearly every day. We see three foundational shifts taking shape: the move from mandates to choice, regulation to competition, and subsidies to actuarial soundness. These moves are driving revolutionary disruption and improving healthcare delivery for patients, providers, payers, drug companies, and investors. Here are the top trends we predict will shape the industry in 2018.

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Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2018 17:43
FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Thrusts S. FL Back Into the National Spotlight Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 19 March 2018 18:00

For the second time in as many months, a campus tragedy in South Florida became the top story for news outlets throughout the country. In February, the grim news came out of west Broward County where a deranged former student killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This time, the event occurred in west Miami-Dade County on the edge of the Florida International University campus on 3/15/18.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:23
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