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Anthem launches new PBM after fallout with Express Scripts

Anthem launches new PBM after fallout with Express Scripts

October 18, 2017

Anthem is starting a pharmacy benefit manager in partnership with CVS Health after cutting ties with its longtime PBM Express Scripts. Starting in 2020, when Anthem's Express Scripts contract ends, the new PBM will serve customers of Anthem-affiliated health plans and non-Anthem customers.

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

Trump's drug czar nominee pulls name from consideration

October 17, 2017

Rep. Tom Marino will no longer be considered to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. His decision comes just days after news reports revealed he played a critical role in passing legislation that weakened federal authority to control opioid distribution.

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

Bipartisan deal to fund insurer payments faces tough political slog

October 17, 2017

Two key senators have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend funding for cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for two years in exchange for greater state flexibility on insurance market rules. While the proposal has industry support, it's unclear whether it can clear Congress.

Mergers and acquisitions on track to best 2016's deals

Mergers and acquisitions on track to best 2016's deals

October 17, 2017

Health system and hospital consolidation in 2017 will likely outpace 2016's mark and continue at the same pace through next year as systems get more creative with their partnerships, experts said.

News from other sources

By Project Japan  |  October 16, 2017

Microsoft blames North Korean for WannaCry cyberattack, states sue Trump over insurance subsidies, and the flu shot depends on herd immunity.

CMS approves Obama-rejected Kansas waiver

CMS approves Obama-rejected Kansas waiver

October 16, 2017

The CMS has approved Kansas' waiver request to put most of its Medicaid population on managed-care plans, but the state will have to address issues that prevented the Obama administration from signing off on the plan.

Med schools aim to train new breed of physician

Med schools aim to train new breed of physician

October 14, 2017

Many schools are reforming their coursework to fill gaps in traditional programs and better prepare students for adapting to new technology, payment models, leadership roles and collaborative approaches to care delivery.


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