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August 30, 2017

Headlines in the News

Advisory Board to sell healthcare, education units in $2.58 billion deal
Reuters, Aug. 29, 2017

Calif. Hits Kaiser With $2.2 Million Fine For Failing To Provide Required Medicaid Data
California Healthline, Aug. 28, 2017

Suit: Aetna Violated Law With Envelope Revealing HIV Status
The New York Times, Aug. 28, 2017

Today's AIS Health Datapoint

$8,295,681 ... was the largest bonus paid to a Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO in 2016. That bonus went to Daniel Loepp of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

From THE AIS GUIDE TO BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD PLANS. (Not affiliated with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association or its member companies.)

  The AIS Guide to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans is now online!

Quote of the Day

“All seem to be able to achieve the high bar of a mid to higher 90% cure rate. Anything short of this efficacy rate will make it hard for the product to compete in the market. By way of safety, all seem to have inherent safety profiles such that patients need to be monitored, but the majority seem to have manageable side effects on the whole.”

— Lynn Nishida, area vice president of pharmacy at Solid Benefit Guidance, tells Specialty Pharmacy News about the eight next-generation therapies now available to treat hepatitis C.

Click here to read the SPECIALTY PHARMACY NEWS article in which this quote appeared — "Another Pan-Genomic Hepatitis C Therapy Enters Crowded Class With Lowest WAC" (Free for SPN subscribers; $17 for non-subscribers.)


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