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Cerner President Zane Burke suggests DoD MHS Genesis criticism fake news

Just one day after signing a $10 billion EHR contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Cerner President Zane Burke told invest…

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How EHR vendor Epic became involved in a major Supreme Court labor law decision

In a 5-4 decision decided by the conservative justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and handed down on May 21, Epic Systems – along with…

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Women with pregnancy-related diabetes may be at risk for chronic kidney disease

Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and results when the level of blood sugar is too high.

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NIH-funded researchers identify target for chikungunya treatment

Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

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Age-related racial disparity in suicide rates among U.S. youth

NIH-funded study suggests need for more research into contributing factors; targeted interventions for children.

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Healthcare Roundup—Alaska out of Medicaid funds; groups warn SNAP cuts will hit Medicare, Medicaid

Maine Gov. Paul LePage continues to drag his feet on Medicaid expansion, while Alaska also struggles with Medicaid funds. Plus, more than a…

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Aetna suspends whistleblower in CVS fraud case after she refused to destroy documents

Sarah Behnke, an Aetna actuary who accused CVS Caremark of engaging in a massive fraud scheme, was placed on paid administrative leave days…

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Advocacy groups blast CMS for incorrectly promoting MA plans, misleading beneficiaries

Three senior health advocacy groups are calling out CMS for improperly "distorting" and "mischaracterizing" Medicare Advantage plan benefit…

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CMS warns insurers to knock off 'gag clauses,' but is it enough to lower drug costs?

The CMS' call for an end to lesser known "gag clauses" is likely an attempt to put such contracts in the public spotlight, a healthcare exp…

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Trump to nominate acting VA Secretary Wilkie to permanently head the agency

President Donald Trump plans to nominate acting U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the agency,…

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Experimental MERS treatments enter clinical trial

NIH-sponsored trial to test two human monoclonal antibodies.

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Method to identify undetected drug suicides wins top NIDA Addiction Science Award

A chip to monitor mouse movements and new rules for identifying natural compounds for research take second and third place.

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VA officially signs with Cerner on EHR modernization project

Nearly a year after the initial announcement, Cerner can add another government contract to its belt: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affai…

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NIH statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day - May 18, 2018

HIV remains a burden to individuals and communities in the United States and abroad.

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5 interesting plot twists in the Cigna-Express Scripts deal

Anthem's decision to cancel its contract with Express Scripts factored into negotiations between the pharmacy benefit manager and Cigna, as…

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States could face budgetary squeeze as Medicaid expansion funding drops off

Several recent studies have highlighted the upside of Medicaid expansion, including better coverage and access to care. So far, those benef…

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Payer Roundup—Graham still trying to make ACA repeal happen; Vermont approves Canadian drug imports

Sen. Lindsey Graham is taking another crack at ACA repeal, while Vermont becomes the first state to allow drug imports from Canada, along w…

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EpiPens, blood-pressure medication rank among highest drug price increases, CMS database shows

The newly updated drug pricing dashboards are shining light on who's responsible for the steadily increasing price of drugs. The cost of ep…

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Microglia are key defenders against prion diseases

Prion diseases are slow degenerative brain diseases that occur in people and various other mammals.

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International study suggests combination therapy may prevent stroke in certain people

NIH-funded trial finds lower rate of secondary stroke but small risk of bleeding.

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Male depression may lower pregnancy chances among infertile couples, NIH study suggests

Study also links women’s use of non-SSRI antidepressants to early pregnancy loss.

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Payer Roundup—Vermont likely to approve its own individual mandate; Democrats to defend ACA in lawsuit

A federal court is allowing state Democratic leaders to defend the ACA in a lawsuit filed by their GOP counterparts, and one state is movin…

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Oscar Health posts first-ever quarterly profit, plans market expansion in 2019

The New York-based insurer posted a profit of $7.4 million in the first quarter of 2018 and is planning to expand individual plans to Arizo…

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Hospital leaders: Further cuts to 340B would be 'devastating' 

As legislators continue to debate the future of the 340B drug discount program, leaders at several major health systems gathered on Capitol…

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CMS actuary undermines Verma: Short-term plans lead to higher premiums, steeper enrollment drops

CMS Administrator Seema Verma has claimed that the agency's planned expansion of short-term health plans will have little impact on exchang…

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Update: Dems blast VA on EHR modernization progress, acting CIO controversy

A group of House and Senate Democrats are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to remove its Acting CIO over controversies that st…

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NIH, Northwestern scientists develop potential new approach to stop cancer metastasis

Identified compound blocks the spread of pancreatic and other cancers in various animal models.

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Why EHR data interoperability is such a mess in 3 charts

Hospitals have a complex web of electronic health record vendors but once data sharing broadens it will open the door to innovation.

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Senators sent letter to Verma threatening to compel her testimony on Medicaid fraud

Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are seeking to hear CMS Administrator Seema Verma's testimony regardin…

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Payer Roundup—CMS approves Maryland's all-payer expansion; Groups call for an end to Medicaid waivers

The Trump administration has approved Maryland's unique all-payer model, dozens of groups call for HHS to halt Medicaid waivers, plus more…

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