Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 22

Stakeholder panel calls for stronger price transparency enforcement, data accessibility

By Dave Muoio

FierceHealthcare.com—Many U.S. hospitals have not been publishing their prices, as required by a new law. Now, a panel of researchers, purchasers and regulators is calling for new measures around increasing compliance and the usability of published pricing data.  

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24 States Threaten Legal Action Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

By Kaia Hubbard

USNews.com—Two dozen states on Thursday threatened legal action against President Joe Biden’s recent vaccine requirements if his administration does not change course.

In a letter addressed to President Biden, 24 Republican state attorneys general urged the president to reconsider his decision to require companies with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccinations and frequent coronavirus testing for workers, calling the plan “disastrous and counterproductive.”

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The DOJ Says A Data Mining Company Fabricated Medical Diagnoses To Make Money

By Fred Schulte

NPR.org—The Justice Department has accused an upstate New York health insurance plan for seniors, along with a medical analytics company the insurers is affiliated with, of cheating the government out of tens of millions of dollars.

The civil complaint of fraud, filed this week, is the first by the federal government to target a data mining company for allegedly helping a Medicare Advantage program to game federal billing regulations in a way that enables the plan to overcharge for patient treatment.  

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Covid-Overwhelmed Hospitals Postpone Cancer Care and Other Treatment

By Erik Neumann, Jefferson Public Radio

KHN.org—It’s a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That’s the message from some doctors, as hospitals fill up with covid-19 patients and other medical conditions go untreated.

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Health savings accounts aren’t being used by older Americans who need them the most

By Kate Dore, CFP

CNBC.com—Many older Americans worry about rising medical expenses and those who may benefit most from a tax-friendly health savings account are the least likely to have one.

That’s according to a report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, which surveyed Americans ages 50 to 80 about health expenses and savings.

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How do faulty genes drive cancer? There’s a surprising immune connection, study finds

By Arlene Weintraub

FierceBiotech.com—Mutations in tumor-suppressing genes are known to drive cancer, but how? Scientists long believed that the mutations prompted the cancerous cells to grow unchecked.

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