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CVS, Microsoft ink alliance to develop digital health, personalized products

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CVS is looking to weave together its virtual and physical assets to capture a greater slice of patients' healthcare journeys — and the corresponding revenue

Jury finds UnitedHealthcare guilty of underpaying TeamHealth subsidiary in Nevada

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The litigation is a case study into the perennial push and pull between provider groups and insurers over bills, a fight that often leaves patients caught in the middle

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Mayo Clinic reports jump in operating income during Q3

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The Rochester, Minnesota-based nonprofit reported robust financial results as revenue grew 10%, outpacing expense growth during a quarter in which rising costs challenged many systems due to heightened labor demands

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CVS unveils new health-focused retail strategy, explicit move into primary care

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Along with outlining three new store formats — including sites for primary care delivery, a new area for the retail drugstore behemoth — CVS plans to close 900 stores over the next three years as consumer buying patterns change

Biden admin proposes wide-reaching drug data collection in fourth surprise billing rule

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Payers and employers will need to give HHS an annual overview of the top 50 drugs across different areas, including the most frequently dispensed drugs and the most expensive prescription drugs

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Health centers raise alarm about rolling back Medicaid coverage post-public health emergency

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The clinics are worried about people with Medicaid coverage being deemed ineligible and losing insurance once states revert back to pre-pandemic Medicaid policies and eligibility, a new survey found

Federal judge blocks healthcare worker vaccine mandate in 10 states

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A key argument in the suit brought by 10 state attorneys general is how a mandate could exacerbate worsening labor strains as health systems grapple with widespread burnout and turnover, especially in rural areas

VA to resume Cerner medical record implementation early next year with new leadership

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Officials have released an updated deployment schedule for the beleaguered $16 billion EHR modernization project

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UPMC more than quadruples net income to $1.2B amid returning care and investment gains

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Though patients returning to medical care delayed earlier in the pandemic helped its provider division, UPMC's health plan margin shrank due to higher medical claims in the period

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Kaiser healthcare workers to go on strike

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The work stoppage could pose a significant challenge to operations in Kaiser's southern California market, where the unions poised to strike represent about 37% of the system's workforce in the region

5 best practices for building a better digital front door

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Find the keys to your digital front door and build better patient experiences

Patient willingness for telehealth high, but in-person care perceived as more valuable, research suggests

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Patients who leaned toward in-person care were more willing to pay for it, while those who preferred video visits were more sensitive to out-of-pocket costs, a survey conducted by Rand found

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Labor, supply chain pressures mount for US hospitals, Fitch says

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The ratings agency said staffing shortages, higher transportation costs and trouble sourcing some materials threaten healthcare revenue and operating margins in the near term

Accelerating outcomes amid healthcare's digital transformation

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New market research finds that while digital strategies are widespread in healthcare, execution challenges persist

Anthem plans to buy Integra Managed Care in New York

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The acquisition expands the payer's Medicaid business, a service line that has experienced major growth over the past year

1 in 3 patients defer healthcare due to existing medical debt, TransUnion finds

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The credit bureau's healthcare data analytics unit also reported seeing a 55% rise in financial assistance transactions from September 2020 to September 2021

Congress: Target the middlemen who drive up drug costs

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"The PBM market lacks the three elements essential for competition — choice, transparency and a lack of conflict of interest," antitrust attorney and former FTC policy director David Balto argues

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Vaccine makers move quickly to confront omicron threat

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Several companies, including Pfizer and Moderna, are already at work adapting their coronavirus shots to the newly identified variant, which experts worry could more readily evade vaccine protection

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Weak investment markets drive Cleveland Clinic's income down 30%

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Like its peers, the nonprofit giant reported expense growth outpacing revenue growth in the third quarter, though the disparity between the two wasn't as sharp as other systems'

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Oak Street faces DOJ inquiry into third-party marketing, transportation relationships

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Analysts said the inquiry, while in early stages, could pressure the company's stock. "This creates a new potential risk factor that we are unlikely to get clarity on for some time," SVB Leerink analyst Whit Mayo said

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Kaiser Permanente strike averted as union reaches tentative agreement

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The work stoppage, which would have been the largest in the U.S. so far this year, had the potential to significantly disrupt operations at the nonprofit's 14 hospitals and more than 200 clinics in the region

Banner Health posts turnaround as finances rebound

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Banner Health's finances are back in the black, though labor costs continue to challenge the Arizona-based system

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Kaiser Permanente workers in California vote to authorize strike

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The outcome does not mean a strike will start immediately. The results give union leaders the authority to set a strike date so long as they give the required 10-day notice in writing to Kaiser Permanente

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Leapfrog Group's hospital safety grades this fall stay steady from pre-pandemic

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The five states with the highest percentage of A-scoring hospitals were Virginia, North Carolina, Idaho, Massachusetts and Colorado

Hospitals brace for omicron as margins weaken further, Kaufman Hall reports

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New uncertainties raised by the variant are likely to challenge hospitals as they grapple with shrinking operating margins as a result of escalating labor costs

Adults support major changes to US healthcare system amid rising costs, survey finds

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Those surveyed showed the widest support for policy changes that could lower drug costs, followed by measures limiting what both hospitals and doctors can charge for services, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

'A quiet suffering': Primary care struggles with COVID-19 strain, telemedicine rollbacks

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Despite broad bipartisan support for telehealth in Washington, the return of restrictions — even nominal ones — threaten the viability of virtual services offered by cash-strapped primary care offices, a new survey finds

FDA panel, after debate, narrowly backs Merck COVID pill

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While agency advisers raised concerns over molnupiravir's modest benefits and potential risks, a majority felt the antiviral drug is a needed option for COVID-19 patients at high risk of severe disease

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How a self-service approach can boost healthcare customer satisfaction

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Automate for agility: How technology can solve healthcare organizations’ biggest challenges

Congress, alongside provider and consumer groups, continues spat over surprise billing ban rules

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While payers and providers must start complying with the No Surprises Act by Jan. 1, the fight over rules implementing the ban is heating up as provider groups object to what they think is a favoring of insurers

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Teladoc plans to take on risk in primary care, expand program to hospital clients

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It's unlikely the vendor will step into fully capitated contracts right away, but its CEO said there are degrees of risk Teladoc will take on: moving from clinical measures of care, to risk corridors and ultimately into capitation

Anesthesiologists say Blue Cross NC 'abusing' surprise billing ban to drive down rates

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Doctors are raising the alarm against what they perceive as Blue Cross NC's "take it or leave it" ultimatums to in-network clinicians, using the consumer protection legislation as a bargaining chip to negotiate more favorable rates

Nurses bore the brunt of the pandemic. Nearly 9 in 10 of them are women.

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Women have an outsized role in caring for the nation's health, and were hit exceptionally hard by the pandemic at home and at work

Kaiser's operating margin dwindles as COVID-19 expenses, labor costs rise

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Along with ongoing pandemic stresses, the California nonprofit is facing rising expenses amid intense workforce pressure as it faces the start of a major strike next week

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CMS finalizes plans to hike price transparency penalties, extend telehealth flexibilities

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The agency is also moving forward with a plan to stop the elimination of the Medicare inpatient-only list, which is a win for hospitals