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Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

As States Try To Rein In Drug Spending, Feds Slap Down One Bold Medicaid Move

States serve as “laboratories of democracy,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper spending on pharmaceuticals.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, September 21, 2018

Despite Red Flags At Surgery Centers, Overseers Award Gold Seals

At his surgery center near San Diego, Rodney Davis wore scrubs, was referred to as “Dr. Rod” and carried the title of director of surgery. But he was a physician assistant, not a doctor, who anesthetized patients and performed liposuction with little input from his supervising doctor, court records show.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time Helps Accountable Care Organizations Realize Savings in MSSP

Experience is a key factor to realizing greater cost savings in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), a new Avalere analysis found.

RevCycle Intelligence

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Does investing in pop health and social determinants work? New study finds link to lower Medicare spending

Proponents and skeptics not convinced that investing in population-level interventions and social determinants of health, take note: New research finds that the overall well-being of a population on a county level is associated with lower healthcare spending for each Medicare fee-for-service beneficiary.

Healthcare Finance News

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cigna deal gets antitrust nod, positive sign for CVS/Aetna

Health insurer Cigna Corp’s (CI.N) $52 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co has passed U.S. antitrust scrutiny, the companies said on Monday, allowing them to proceed with a combination they say will lead to lower costs by better coordinating pharmacy and medical benefits.

Reuters

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

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