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The House Oversight Committee is investigating the actions of a dozen pharmaceutical companies in raising prescription drug prices in the U.S., the panel announced Monday.
Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent letters to AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Celgene, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Mallinckrodt, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi and Teva Pharmaceuticals seeking detailed information and documents about the companies' pricing practices.
AbbVie and Sanofi received information requests regarding three of their drugs, the panel said.
Change Healthcare has announced it is collaborating with Health Fidelity on a risk adjustment solution to provider greater accuracy for better compliance and more precise reimbursement.
Health Fidelity's natural language processing and machine learning technology is embedded into Change's risk adjustment coding. This is aimed at helping Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare ACO programs, Affordable Care Act plans and Medicaid payers to submit well-supported codes.
The National Football League abruptly last week dropped its plan to challenge approved dementia diagnoses in a landmark concussion case as players' lawyers accuse it of trying to delay payments and rewrite the $1 billion settlement.
A federal court hearing set for last Thursday on the NFL's appeal was canceled Wednesday afternoon as the league dropped its appeal. Instead, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody issued an order requiring doctors to explain their findings in certain cases.
Mineapolis Star Tribune
Minnesota's pioneering health insurance program for lower-income residents, MinnesotaCare, would be expanded to a much broader swath of the population under two DFL proposals introduced last week in the House.
The proposals, known as MinnesotaCare buy-in, would leverage the purchasing power of government health programs to offer coverage with lower premiums and out-of-pocket health spending than commercial insurance in the private market, for Minnesotans who make more than the program's current eligibility income limits.
The state's effort is a way to confront a health crisis and control costs. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, said in a statement the subscription model will "put a cure within reach for our most vulnerable populations while keeping healthcare costs stable."
A recent HHS Office of the Actuary report on Medicaid projected the program's expenditures will grow at an average annual rate of 5.7 percent over the next decade. That's faster than the gross domestic product.
A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration rule that would greatly expand the number of employers that could decline to offer contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds.
The policy was set to go into effect nationwide Monday, but that's been put on hold for 13 states and the District of Columbia, which challenged the rule in court.
The Affordable Care Act requires most companies to offer employees health insurance that covers FDA-approved birth control at no cost. But Trump has long promised employers that he would "vigorously" protect their rights to religious freedom.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Health care groups outside the Colorado Capitol aren't wasting any time pressing lawmakers to pass bills designed to lower the cost of medical insurance premiums.
Lawmakers this year are considering several bills designed to do that, some that Republicans have routinely killed when they were in control of the Colorado Senate.
But with Democrats now in charge of both chambers, many of those measures have returned, and a few more that some say are a precursor to universal health care, something Gov. Jared Polis said is inevitable.
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