Health Care

EpiPen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges

In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacist holds a package of EpiPens epinephrine auto-injector, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif. Mylan said it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

TRENTON, N.J. — EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade — charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the ...

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Big Pharma is having a Big Tobacco moment

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, left, stands next to Rep. Eric Bedingfield, whose son died last year of a drug overdose, on Tuesday at his offices in Columbia, S.C. Wilson on Tuesday announced the state had sued Purdue Pharma, accusing the maker of OxyContin and other opioid drugs of violating South Carolina’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. (Meg Kinnard/AP Photo)

  Big Pharma is having a Big Tobacco moment as litigation over opioids attract star lawyers and a growing list of states and local governments seeking their own multibillion-dollar payout to deal with costs of a burgeoning drug epidemic. On ...

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Study: More opioid prescriptions come from lower-ranked med schools

In 2015, 3.6 million Medicare Part D enrollees had drug spending above the program’s catastrophic threshold of $7,062, according to a recent report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.(phodopus / Depositphotos.com)

Doctors who attend the lowest-ranked medical schools write more opioid prescriptions than doctors who attended the best medical schools, a new study from Princeton University found. “If all general practitioners had prescribed like those from the top-ranked school, we would ...

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Health insurers struggle to win reprieve of Obamacare tax

FILE - This Feb. 5, 2015 file photo shows the Anthem logo at the health insurer's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Health insurers won a victory in 2015 when a tax that was part of the Affordable Care Act was suspended. Now as they fight to repeal or delay the tax again before it comes back into effect, the odds don’t ...

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Frosh leads states’ opposition to pre-dispute binding arbitration in nursing homes

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is leading a group of 18 attorneys general opposing a federal agency plan to revise a rule prohibiting pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses in long-term care contracts. The revisions would allow such arbitration requirements. Frosh and the ...

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Hopkins finishes third in US News hospital rankings

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U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital as the top hospital in Maryland and the third-best hospital in the country. Hopkins again finished behind the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic nationally, failing to regain the top ...

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Change to Md. Medicare waiver brings doctors on board

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The Maryland All-Payer Model incentivizes hospitals to focus on quality of care and reduce readmissions. But doctors remain on a separate system, a fee-for-service model that encourages more patients. A recent amendment to Maryland’s agreement with the Centers for Medicare ...

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Evergreen’s demise creates possibilities for new insurers in Md.

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer. (File)

New companies looking to enter the Maryland individual insurance market could find an easier path with the collapse of Evergreen Health this week. Any new Maryland carrier would have to build infrastructure in the state before selling plans. That infrastructure ...

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Evergreen’s demise leaves two insurers on Md. health exchange

Dr. Peter Beilenson, the founder and CEO of Evergreen Health Co-Op. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Maryland’s individual health exchange will only have two insurers next year after a deal to buy Evergreen Health fell apart this week, leading the state’s insurance regulator to freeze its assets. Anne Arundel Health System, LifeBridge Health and JARS Health ...

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