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March 3, 2015

Today's Featured Story

M.D. Convicted for ‘Consulting’ Payments That Were Kickbacks
Reprinted from Report on Medicare Compliance

A Chicago-area physician pled guilty to taking kickbacks for prescribing an anti-psychotic drug and settled related false claims allegations in a case that represents the kinds of relationships that are coming to light now that the Physician Payments Sunshine Act database is open for business.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“I believe the [proposed acquisition of the PBM EnvisionRx by Rite Aid Corp.] certainly helps Envision. There is a wonderful roadmap present in the marketplace courtesy of CVS Health that Rite Aid can leverage that shows how best a retailer can utilize its PBM for mutual benefit. Rite Aid doesn’t necessarily have the footprint of CVS, but where they have store density I’m confident the market will soon see some of the same programs and initiatives that have brought CVS to its current high.”

— Robert Ferraro, R.Ph., principal, national pharmacy practice at Buck Consultants, told AIS’s Drug Benefit News.

Click here to read the DRUG BENEFIT NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for DBN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

3% to 5% ... annual growth in medical costs can be expected to continue for the foreseeable future, possibly reflecting broader marketplace changes in how insurers deliver care, track outcomes and pay for quality, according to David Williams, co-founder of the Health Business Group and MedPharma Partners in Boston.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this datapoint appeared. (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


FierceHealthPayer News from our partner FierceMarkets

AHIP supports New York AG suit against Actavis

America's Health Insurance Plans filed an amicus brief in support of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's anti-trust case against the pharmaceutical firm Actavis, AHIP said in a statement.... Read more


Today from Washington

People on the Move

Healthsense, Inc. named Katie Christopherson chief customer operations officer. She was formerly director of clinical service solutions for Philips Healthcare....PaySpan, Inc. appointed Rex Adams CEO, succeeding Kevin Amer. Adams’ previous experience includes positions with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and WellCare Health Plans, Inc....Surna Inc. named Bryon Jorgenson CEO, succeeding Tom Bollich when he steps down in April. Jorgenson is currently chief operations officer....Kate Black joined 23andMe as privacy officer and corporate counsel. Black was most recently a federal regulatory and interoperability policy analyst for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.


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