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July 22

Amazon Threatens to Sue Major Pharmacy Player if it Prevents PillPack from Accessing Patient Drug Data

Just over a year after buying online pharmacy PillPack for $753 million, Amazon is engaged in a bitter battle with an incumbent player in the pharmacy industry, which sources tell CNBC is working behind the scenes to prevent the company from accessing important patient data.

July 22

Insurers Running Medicare Advantage Plans Overbill Taxpayers

Health insurers that treat millions of seniors have overcharged Medicare by nearly $30 billion the past three years alone, but federal officials say they are moving ahead with long-delayed plans to recoup at least part of the money.

July 22

Impact of a Co-pay Accumulator Adjustment Program on Specialty Drug Adherence

Employers are concerned about the rapid growth of specialty pharmaceutical (SpRx) expenditures. In a 2018 survey of large employers, 80% identified SpRx costs as a top 3 driver of healthcare costs, and 26% said it was their greatest healthcare cost driver, up substantially from 6% in 2014.

July 22

The House Democrats’ Single-Payer Health Care Prescription

Representative Pramila Jayapal (D–WA) and 112 other House Members are sponsoring the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384). The bill thus enjoys the support of almost half the entire Democratic membership of the U.S. House of Representatives, while similar Senate legislation is being co-sponsored by leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.

July 22

Shortage Of Life-Saving Infusion Strains Hospitals And Leaves Patients In Limbo

For the last eight years, Leslie MacGregor from Newton, Massachusetts, has been getting intravenous infusions every month. The treatment is called immunoglobulin, and it bolsters her defective immune system with concentrated, infection-fighting antibodies from healthy donors.

July 19

Taking Neighbors to Court: Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Debt Lawsuits

This report presents findings on Johns Hopkins Hospital’s (JHH) practices in suing its patients for medical debt. Since 2009, JHH filed more than 2,400 lawsuits in Maryland courts seeking the repayment of $4.8 million in alleged medical debt from former patients, with a median amount of $1,438, based on review of thousands of electronic

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