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As governors loosen long-lasting coronavirus restrictions, state lawmakers across the U.S. are taking actions to significantly limit the power they could wield in future emergencies. The legislative measures are aimed not simply at undoing mask mandates and capacity limits that have been common during the pandemic. Many proposals seek to fundamentally shift power away from
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Gov. Dan McKee has appointed a top administration official to take charge of the state agency that operates a hospital that has come under scrutiny from disability advocates and public officials. Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones has been asked to take interim leadership of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals,
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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission approved recommendations on accelerated-approval drugs and behavioral health services during its April meeting on Friday. Commissioners voted to recommend that Congress increase the minimum rebate percentage and additional inflationary rebate on drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration through the accelerated approval program. MACPAC commissioner Thomas
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Ohio officials expect that consolidating the seven private pharmacy benefit managers that run its Medicaid managed-care system into a single, state-regulated PBM will save more than $240 million every year. The change will go in effect starting in early 2022. Officials will administer PBM services through Gainwell Technologies, a state-regulated PBM that will replace the
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In spite of a new price transparency rule that requires hospitals to publish the prices of common health services, comparing prices across hospitals remains challenging due to limited compliance with the law and a lack of standardization in the available data, a new KFF analysis finds. The federal rule, which went into effect on January
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Korta, medical technician with Joint Task Force Steelhead’s mobile vaccination team, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to an Orcas Island resident, March 2, 2021, Orcas Island, Washington. Senior Airman Mckenzie Airhart | U.S. Air National Guard WASHINGTON — National Guard leaders on Thursday called for people in the U.S. keep adhering
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A new KFF issue brief examines 2020 data on excess mortality – the number of deaths above what is expected in a typical year – and finds that among similarly large and wealthy nations, the United States had the highest premature excess mortality rate in 2020, indicating that younger people in the U.S. were more
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Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday named Diane Comer as its new chief information technology officer. Comer, who will also serve as an executive vice president, has held the role of interim chief information officer for Kaiser’s hospitals and health plans since June, overseeing much of the organization’s IT work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaiser,
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After nearly three decades working at two of the world’s pharmaceutical giants, Michelle Carnahan is going digital. The former senior vice president of general medicines for Sanofi’s North America division has stepped into a new role as the president of Thirty Madison, a digital pharmacy that sells medications online and delivers them to your door.
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The president of Massachusetts General Hospital said Wednesday that he plans to step down after 18 years at the helm of one of the top hospitals in the country. Dr. Peter Slavin, 63, announced his plans in an email to staff. He will stay on until the hospital’s parent company, Mass General Brigham, selects a
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