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Feb. 21, 2011

Today’s issue is brought to you by Drug Benefit News, biweekly news, proven cost management strategies and unique data for health plans, PBMs, pharma companies and employers.

Today's Featured Story

Vermont Case Sets Stage for Supreme Court Ruling on Rx Data Trafficking
Reprinted from Drug Benefit News

The U.S. Supreme Court will determine this spring whether states can prohibit the sale of prescription information to pharmaceutical companies for marketing purposes. On the docket is a 2007 Vermont law banning “data mining,” the collection, buying and selling of prescriber-identifiable information, one of the pharmaceutical industry’s most powerful tools for promoting its wares .... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“Another gun pointed at the head of the Medicare industry.”

— John Gorman, CEO of Gorman Health Group, LLC, characterizing CMS’s expansion of the use of Recovery Audit Contractors to include Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, for AIS’s Medicare Part D News.

Click here to read the MEDICARE PART D NEWS article in which this quote appeared. (Free for PDN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers).


Today's Datapoint

More than
40% … of employers say they are likely to pass along cost increases to workers in the wake of health reform, according to a recent survey of employers and employees by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.



Today from Washington

People on the Move

Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., named Kevin Stockton CEO, effective March 14. Stockton was CEO at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas....Cayenne Medical, Inc., a private sports medicine device company, appointed David Springer president and CEO. Springer will succeed James Hart, who has transitioned to executive chairman due to health reasons.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Spartanburg Regional - Regional HealthPlus
Medical Management Coordinator
Spartanburg , S.C.

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