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December 7, 2016

Today's Featured Story

With Gene Therapy on the Rise, Biosafety May Be an Item for Hospital Work Plans
Reprinted from Report on Medicare Compliance

The pioneering treatment at your hospital, where surgeons are injecting adenoviruses and retroviruses into glioblastoma brain tumors to induce an anti-tumor immune response, may not seem like something that belongs on your compliance risk assessment, but biosafety isn’t just about reducing risk from infectious diseases and hazardous materials. It also requires oversight of emerging gene therapies. With biological risks coming at hospitals from all directions and after the 2014 Ebola near-miss pandemic, compliance officers may want to take a closer look at this area.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act will survive repeal of the ACA (should that come about), because it is procompetitive. Market competition is core to Republican ideology....There is a strong pipeline of biosimilar products coming to market, and we expect that pipeline to continue to grow.”

— Elan Rubinstein, Pharm.D., principal, EB Rubinstein Associates, told AIS’s Drug Benefit News

Click here to read the DRUG BENEFIT NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "How Will Trump Presidency Impact Drug Prices, Rx Benefits, ACA, Biosimilars?" (Free for DBN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


Today's Datapoint

13% ... of all U.S. health systems currently offer health plans, which amounts to about 18 million members, or 8% of insured lives, according to Gunjan Khanna, a partner in the health care practice at McKinsey & Co.

Click here to read the HEALTH PLAN WEEK article in which this datapoint appeared — "Trend for Provider-Led Plans Is Being Fed By Economics of Reimbursement Models" (Free for HPW subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


Today from Washington

People on the Move

ViraCyte, LLC appointed Brett P. Giroir, M.D., president and CEO. Giroir previously served as CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and as the first physician director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Defense Sciences Office....Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. named Brian Mullaney, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Mullaney was the global head of clinical affairs for oncology precision medicine at Novartis....Nova Medical Centers appointed Catharine Knight regional vice president, network and payor relations. Previously Knight was a community liaison for Centre for Neuro Skills.


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