Drug industry, hospitals fight over 340B drug pricing program

By Mackenzie Bean The drug industry and hospitals have been butting heads over the future of a federal drug pricing program for more than a year, according to The Washington Post. Federal regulators may finalize stricter guidelines for the program — possibly within the next few months
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Commentary: ‘Legitimate’ healthcare pricing would slash costs 33%

By Steven I. Weissman The reason our nation suffers from extraordinarily high medical costs is that the customary business standard of “legitimate pricing” is not applied to the healthcare industry. To slash costs, Congress need only mandate that all hospitals, physicians and labs pub
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Register Now for The Phia Group’s October 2016 Webinar!

How Low Can You Go? Managing Specialty Drugs, Reducing Overall Pharmacy Spend, and Unraveling the Mystery Behind PBMs Thursday, October 27th, 2016 1:00 PM (EST) to 2:00 PM Join Us – Register Now! Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs, are an important factor in the cost and value o
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The Phia Group’s Quarterly Newsletter: Third Quarter 2016.

Read The Phia Groups 2016 3rd Quarter Newsletter!
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How predicting patient length of stay enables hospitals to save millions

Becker’s Hospital Review Extended lengths of stay are a drain on hospital resources, personnel and the bottom line, costing hospitals millions of dollars a year. But by using more unconventional data sources and predictive analytics, hospital administrators are equipped to more
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The Health-Care Sector Is Anything but Healthy

By Michael Kahn It was not that long ago that health care was the leading sector in the market, handily beating the Standard & Poor’s 500 index for several years. Things have changed. The Health Care Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund actually peaked relative to the market in
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Third Quarter Newsletter 2016 – The Stacks

Recent Challenges to the Uniform Enforcement of Subrogation and Reimbursement Provisions Under ERISA, By Catherine Dowie As most court cases interpreting ERISA mention, ERISA is “not a model of legislative drafting”. This sweeping and complex piece of legislation constantly seems to r
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Bill Clinton Criticizes Affordable Care Act

NBC News Clinton called President Obama’s signature piece of legislation “the craziest thing in the world” saying that small businesses and people who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid get killed by ACA. Watch video…
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Court rules HHS’ proposed strategy to relieve Medicare appeals backlog ‘inadequate’

By Brooke Murphy The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concluded HHS’ proposed strategies to alleviate the Medicare appeals backlog are insufficient and so will allow the American Hospital Association’s litigation against HHS to proceed, according to Lexolog
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Study: Physicians’ political leanings influence treatment plans

By Tamara Rosin There are greater differences between Democratic and Republican physicians than how they vote. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that when faced with hypothetical scenarios involving politically contested issues, physici
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