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New year, same old problems in health care
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol for a legislative session, which will likely be dominated by budget talks. And with health care being a major subject of debate in every legislative session, I am pleading with policymakers to keep affordability at the forefront. Each year, state and federal lawmakers pass dozens of laws that are well-intentioned, but often lead to higher costs. As a result, 7 cents of every dollar you spend on health insurance goes directly to the government, not for care,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 22, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

New year, same old problems in health care
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol for a legislative session, which will likely be dominated by budget talks. And with health care being a major subject of debate in every legislative session, I am pleading with policymakers to keep affordability at the forefront. Each year, state and federal lawmakers pass dozens of laws that are well-intentioned, but often lead to higher costs. As a result, 7 cents of every dollar you spend on health insurance goes directly to the government, not for care,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

The Affordable Care Act and Insurance Coverage Changes by Sexual Orientation
A new Data Note examines representative estimates of insurance coverage changes among self-identified lesbian, gay and bisexual adults (LGB) under the ACA. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Effects of health insurance coverage on risky behaviors - Lee J.
Prior to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dependent health insurance coverage was typically available only for young adults under the age of 19. As of September 2010, the Affordable Care Act extended dependent health insura... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

: Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It
Kentucky ’ s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Medicaid Kentucky Health Insurance and Managed Care States (US) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

House passes stopgap bill that would delay medical device tax; Senate Dems vow filibuster
Senate Democrats vowed to filibuster a stop-gap bill aimed at keeping the federal government open past a midnight deadline today, after the U.S. House yesterday passed the budget measure which would in part put a two-year pause on the medical device tax. The 2.3% excise tax on U.S. medical device revenues was in effect for two years before a two-year moratorium began in 2016. It went back into effect at the beginning of this year, although the IRS said this week that it will not enforce any penalties for late payments of the medtech levy. The House voted 230-197 to pass the stopgap bill, which also grants a ...
Source: Mass Device - January 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill medicaldevicetax Source Type: news

Lincoln Financial Group to acquire Boston insurer for $3.3 billion
Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced Friday morning it has entered into an agreement to acquire Liberty Life Assurance Co. of Boston from Liberty Mutual Insurance Group for $3.3 billion. When the transaction is completed, Lincoln Financial will retain Liberty’s group benefits business and reinsure Liberty’s individual life and annuity business to Protective Life Insurance Co., based in Birmingham, Ala. Under the terms of the agreement, the $3.3 billion purchase price is broke n down… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Rebecca Troyer Source Type: news

Lincoln Financial Group to acquire Boston insurer for $3.3 billion
Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced Friday morning it has entered into an agreement to acquire Liberty Life Assurance Co. of Boston from Liberty Mutual Insurance Group for $3.3 billion. When the transaction is completed, Lincoln Financial will retain Liberty’s group benefits business and reinsure Liberty’s individual life and annuity business to Protective Life Insurance Co., based in Birmingham, Ala. Under the terms of the agreement, the $3.3 billion purchase price is broke n down… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rebecca Troyer Source Type: news

Oscar Health Grabs Share With Cleveland Clinic Branded Obamacare Plan
Cleveland Clinic and Oscar Health say their co-branded plans have 15% market share in Northeast Ohio's individual health insurance market. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:UNH NYSE:CVS NYSE:ANTM NYSE:AET Source Type: news

Major Mass. insurers dropped from state employee health system
A decision about health coverage for state employees and retirees is shaking the Massachusetts health insurance industry. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan and Fallon Health, which are the second-, third- and fourth-largest insurers in the state, have been dropped by the state Group Insurance Commission (GIC), which manages coverage for 442,000 members. About half of those members have a Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts or Fallon plan, and will need to chose new insurance coverage for July 1.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Martha Bebinger Source Type: news

Hospitals face ongoing financial, regulatory challenges
As Western New York hospitals and health systems head into 2018, they're making changes to address challenges ranging from shifts in reimbursement models, physician shortages, cuts in funding and executive orders in Washington related to insurance coverage. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Taking Stock: Policy Opportunities for Advancing Rural Health (2018)
Paper lays out clear policy trajectories in seven major subject areas that can enhance access and affordability of high quality services in rural America into the future. Subject areas include Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, Insurance Coverage and Affordability, Quality, Health Care Finance and System Transformation, Workforce, and Population Health. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections
The Trump administration announced a new “ conscience and religious freedom ” office to protect health workers who object to providing abortions or some types of contraception. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR and JEREMY W. PETERS Tags: United States Politics and Government Abortion Women's Rights Birth Control and Family Planning Health Insurance and Managed Care Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

The CareVoice gets $2M to bring its cost, quality transparency app to China
The CareVoice, a Shanghai, China-based digital health startup targeting the insurance market, has raised $2 million in early-stage funding. Haitao Capital and SOSV, two China- and US-based venture capital firms, led the round. Other Chinese and Southeast Asian investors also contributed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Weight-Loss Balloon Maker to Serve Up $35M Offering
Obalon Therapeutics is hoping to raise some funds through a public sale of $35 million worth of its common stock. The San Diego, CA-based company developed the first FDA-approved swallowable, gas-filled intragastric balloon system for the treatment of obesity, which FDA approved in September 2016. The offering could fetch an additional $5.25 million if the underwriters' over-allotment option is exercised in full. The stock sale brings attention to a market that saw a rash of new treatment devices approved in 2015 and 2016. While these newer weight-loss technologies offer potentially less invasive solutions to the obesity e...
Source: MDDI - January 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Medication Prescription Claims Among Privately Insured Women Aged 15 –44 Years — United States, 2003–2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

: When States Add Paperwork, Even Eligible People Lose Medicaid
Kentucky ’ s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Medicaid Kentucky Health Insurance and Managed Care States (US) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections
The Trump administration announced a new “ conscience and religious freedom ” office to protect health workers who oppose abortion, sex-changes and some contraception. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: United States Politics and Government Abortion Women's Rights Birth Control and Family Planning Health Insurance and Managed Care Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Will association health plans be sustainable for small biz and their employees? Two local experts weigh in
Erica Brune is watching closely to see what a proposed health insurance rule would mean for her business, and the small businesses she serves. As president of Lever1, a Kansas City-based professional employment organization (PEO), her business is to provide payroll, HR, retirement and health benefits to small companies. A proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor could potentially supplement her work by allowing small businesses to band together to form association health plans based on a common… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Amazon seeks HIPAA expert for new health care initiative
Amazon.com Inc. is looking to recruit an expert in the U.S. federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that govern health care data, according to a  job listing. The “HIPAA Compliance Lead” will own and operate the security and compliance elements of a “new initiative,” the job description states. The person will also ensure that all technology and business processes meet Amazon's HIPAA business associate agreement requirements. The job posting suggests… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Request for Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Nominations
GAO is requesting nominations for MACPAC. The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) established the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to review Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies and to advise Congress on issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP. Letters of nomination and resumes should be submitted no later than February 5, 2018. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

\: When States Make It Harder to Enroll, Even Eligible People Drop Medicaid
Kentucky ’ s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Medicaid Kentucky Health Insurance and Managed Care States (US) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Dramatic Gains in Insurance Coverage for Women of Reproductive Age Are Now in Jeopardy
The proportion of women of reproductive age (15 –44) who were uninsured dropped by 41% between 2013 and 2016, over the first three years of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major expansions to Medicaid and private insurance coverage. This considerable decline in the uninsured rate, calculated by the Guttmacher Institute using data from the U.S . (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Amazon seeks HIPAA expert for new health care initiative
Amazon.com Inc. is looking to recruit an expert in the U.S. federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that govern health care data, according to a  job listing. The “HIPAA Compliance Lead” will own and operate the security and compliance elements of a “new initiative,” the job description states. The person will also ensure that all technology and business processes meet Amazon's HIPAA business associate agreement requirements. The job posting suggests… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Amazon seeks HIPAA expert for new health care initiative
Amazon.com Inc. is looking to recruit an expert in the U.S. federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that govern health care data, according to a  job listing. The “HIPAA Compliance Lead” will own and operate the security and compliance elements of a “new initiative,” the job description states. The person will also ensure that all technology and business processes meet Amazon's HIPAA business associate agreement requirements. The job posting suggests… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 18, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Amazon seeks HIPAA expert for new health care initiative
Amazon.com Inc. is looking to recruit an expert in the U.S. federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that govern health care data, according to a  job listing. The “HIPAA Compliance Lead” will own and operate the security and compliance elements of a “new initiative,” the job description states. The person will also ensure that all technology and business processes meet Amazon's HIPAA business associate agreement requirements. The job posting suggests… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Amazon seeks HIPAA expert for new health care initiative
Amazon.com Inc. is looking to recruit an expert in the U.S. federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that govern health care data, according to a  job listing. The “HIPAA Compliance Lead” will own and operate the security and compliance elements of a “new initiative,” the job description states. The person will also ensure that all technology and business processes meet Amazon's HIPAA business associate agreement requirements. The job posting suggests… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Oregon lawmaker submits prescription drug transparency bill
Rep. Rob Nosse will be back during the short Oregon legislation session with another bill that attempts to rein in prescription drug prices. Dubbed the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, HB 4005 would require both drug manufacturers and insurance companies to report information to the state on drug price hikes and costs. Manufacturers would be required to justify the price of any prescription drug that goes up at least 10 perce nt over a calendar year and that costs at least $100 for a one-month… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Oregon lawmaker submits prescription drug transparency bill
Rep. Rob Nosse will be back during the short Oregon legislation session with another bill that attempts to rein in prescription drug prices. Dubbed the Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act, HB 4005 would require both drug manufacturers and insurance companies to report information to the state on drug price hikes and costs. Manufacturers would be required to justify the price of any prescription drug that goes up at least 10 perce nt over a calendar year and that costs at least $100 for a one-month… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

U.S. Healthcare Uninsured Rises Most in Near Decade - Gallup U.S. Healthcare Uninsured Rises Most in Near Decade - Gallup
The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2%, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Moody's: D.C. hospital at high risk if Congress doesn't renew federal insurance program
Moody's said the problem stems from the costs of providing health care to a higher number of uninsured patients. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Key Health Programs Need Funding Now, AAFP Tells Congress
The AAFP is keeping pressure on Congress to quickly reauthorize long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and three other vital health programs. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Pack Health scores investment from Boston company
Birmingham's Pack Health has scored a strategic investment from a Boston-based insurance company. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ty West Source Type: news

A lifeline for children's health plan?
Funding for a national children's health insurance program could be restored. House Republicans on Tuesday revealed a plan to extend federal funding for the national Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, for six years. The House could vote as soon as Thursday on the funding as part of a budget bill to delay a government shutdown, The Washington Examiner reports. T he measure needs nine Democratic votes in the Senate to pass. GOP House leaders also need to bring around members of the conservative… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Betsey Guzior Source Type: news

Medical device tax: Shutdown-averting stopgap would delay tax, Senate bill would kill it outright
House Republicans last night presented their plan for funding the government ahead of an end-of-week shutdown deadline that would press the pause button again on the medical device tax, but it’s unclear whether the fractious GOP can unite in the face of Democrats’ opposition. The 2.3% excise tax on U.S. medical device revenues was in effect for two years before a two-year moratorium went into effect for 2016 and 2017. It went back into effect at the beginning of this year. In the Upper Chamber, the text of a bill to outright repeal the tax from Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ...
Source: Mass Device - January 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat medicaldevicetax U.S. Congress Source Type: news

The year ahead: this is what we ’ ll be doing
January 2018: the start of a new year. And it’s a year that will bring challenges for our public services, for UNISON members and for UNISON itself. That much is clear from the news in just the first few weeks of the year. So we’ve spoken to some members of the union’s national executive council – ordinary members of the union who have been elected by their fellow members to oversee UNISON and its activities. We asked members who chair particular strategic committees of the NEC what they expect from the year ahead, and what plans the union has for 2018. Maureen Le Marinel is employed by Lancashire ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 17, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article Magazine campaigns Finance national executive NEC organising unison living Source Type: news

How does cost affect access to care?
This collection of charts and a related brief explore trends in access to care in the U.S. The high cost of health care can be a barrier to access for both insured people (particularly those with high deductibles) and the uninsured, and costs can be particularly burdensome for people in worse health. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade, Gallup survey suggests
The number of Americans without health-care insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, according to a new Gallup poll. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

CMS Announces Additional Special Enrollment Periods to help Individuals Impacted by Hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
CMS has extended enrollment to March 31, 2018for individuals affected by the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to enroll in Medicare health and drug plans and health coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GE May Break Apart, Here & #039;s Why
Breaking up is hard to do, as General Electric may soon find out. The company said it will take a $9.5 billion pretax charge related to GE Capital's North American Life & Health, an old portfolio of long-term care insurance. The after-tax impact of $6.2 billion will be $7.5 billion when adjusted to the new 21% U.S. tax rate, CEO John Flannery told investors on a conference call Tuesday, according to SeekingAlpha transcripts. GE Capital will make a $3 billion contribution to its insurance subsidiary in the first quarter of 2018 and roughly $2 billion a year from 2019 to 2024, for a total of roughly $15 billion, the comp...
Source: MDDI - January 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Insurance Billing Notices Threaten Young Adults ’ Confidentiality Insurance Billing Notices Threaten Young Adults ’ Confidentiality
Young adults can remain on their parents ’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Economic Scene: Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die
There is a precedent for letting states impose work requirements on the poor for medical coverage. It bodes ill for public health. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: EDUARDO PORTER Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care States (US) Poverty Medicaid United States Politics and Government Kentucky Source Type: news

Report: General Electric mulls carveouts after $6B insurance charge
General Electric (NYSE:GE) is reportedly eyeing a carveout after posting a $6.2 billion after-tax charge for its GE Capital Insurance portfolio for the fourth quarter. Boston-based GE said it will take a $9.5 billion pretax charge related to GE Capital’s North American Life & Health,an old portfolio of long-term care insurance. The after-tax impact of $6.2 billion will be $7.5 billion when adjusted to the rate following the recent U.S. tax overhaul. The actual toll is more than double the expectation on Wall Street. GE shares were off -3.7% to $18.07 apiece today in mid-afternoon trading. “Needless to ...
Source: Mass Device - January 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat GE Healthcare General Electric Source Type: news

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans without healthcare insurance rose by 3.2 million people between 2016 and 2017, or 1.3 percentage points to 12.2 percent, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday, the biggest jump in the uninsured rate in nearly a decade. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Predictions: Insurers, Hospitals To Merge, Be Led By Movie Studio Execs
Both the health insurance and the hospital business are being reshaped by M&A, and there's more to come. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ellie Kincaid, Forbes Staff Source Type: news

UnitedHealth Q4 earnings double; insurer expects big year
UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported better-than-expected results for its fourth-quarter earnings and boosted its projections for 2018, citing the strength of its existing businesses and the recently passed corporate tax cuts. The Minnetonka-based insurance giant reported earnings of $3.62 billion, or $3.65 a share for the fourth quarter, more than doubling the year-ago performance of $1.68 billion, or $1.74 a share. Its full-year earnings rose to $10.72 per share from $7.25 per share, a figure that… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Insurance company requirements place heavy administrative burden on physicians seeking to prescribe new cholesterol-lowering drugs
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A rare glimpse into the prior authorization requirements implemented by public and private insurance providers across the country has found substantial administrative burden for a new class of medications for patients with high cholesterol that places them at high risk for heart attack or stroke, according to new research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Risk of erectile dysfunction after traumatic brain injury: a nationwide population-based cohort study in Taiwan - Yang YJ, Chien WC, Chung CH, Hong KT, Yu YL, Hueng DY, Chen YH, Ma HI, Chang HA, Kao YC, Yeh HW, Tzeng NS.
INTRODUCTION: In our study, we aimed to investigate the association between a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and subsequent erectile dysfunction (ED). This is a population-based study using the claims dataset from The National Health Insurance Research Datab... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Insurance billing notices threaten young adults ’ confidentiality
(Reuters Health) - Young adults can remain on their parents ’ health insurance policies until they turn 26, but when they use it for counseling, pregnancy tests, addiction treatment or anything else, insurers frequently notify their parents. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news