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April 22, 2014

Today's Featured Story

ACA’s ‘Pharma Tax’ Eyed as Key Factor in Sharp Increase in Average Wholesale Prices
Reprinted from AIS’s Health Reform Week

A widely used industry benchmark for pricing pharmaceuticals is forecast to grow dramatically in the coming years, according to some pharmacy benefit insiders who claim the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) fee on brand drugmakers is a key reason behind the increases .... Read Full Story

 

Quote of the Day

“Some legitimate entities truly require additional financial support [under the 340B drug discount program]. However, there are also many large, profitable, well-funded health systems that appear to be taking advantage of the program by using 340B revenues in ways that can’t be linked to the drug discount program’s initial purpose. Congress should require that hospitals fully disclose how they use their 340B profits. Let’s hope that HRSA’s promised ‘mega-rule’ starts to focus the program on truly deserving hospitals and the neediest patients.”

— Adam Fein, Ph.D., president of Pembroke Consulting, Inc., posted recently on his Drug Channels blog.

From DRUG BENEFIT NEWS.

 

Today's Datapoint

More than
80% … of Cigna Corp.’s 75,000 to 100,000 new public exchange enrollees have paid their premiums for 2014, CEO David Cordani told a recent Reuters Health Summit.

From HEALTH PLAN WEEK.

 

FierceHealthPayer News from our partner FierceMarkets

Insurers offer grocery coupons for healthier members

Insurers are taking a page out of the Sunday paper, sending grocery coupons to consumers to encourage healthy eating, CNBC reported ... Read more

 

Today from Washington

People on the Move

HealthNow New York Inc. named Ronald Mornelli senior vice president and chief network officer. Mornelli was senior vice president business development at Upper Allegheny Health System....Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics appointed Joseph Williams vice president of global marketing. Williams was director of market development at Axsun Technologies.

 

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