03 Apr 2018

BUREAUCRAT MYSTERY: CMS CANCELS EXCITE RULE TO SPEED MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING

Just when you thought the government was going to cut through its own red tape to help get medical devices to the market quicker, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided that it must have lost its mind. The CMS has withdrawn a proposed rule intended to

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03 Apr 2018

APRIL VTN REPORT

  Vein Therapy News    Industry Report     CIGNA PURCHASING EXPRESS SCRIPTS FOR $67B ON HEELS OF CVS-AETNA VERTICAL MERGER Cigna, which failed in an attempt to merge with Anthem last year, is now going to purchase Express Scripts, the country’s largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) firm, for $67 billion. Cigna

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26 Mar 2018

MEDPAC CONSIDERS MIPS REPEAL

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) considered options to repeal and replace the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the centerpiece of the U.S. government’s initiative to promote value-based healthcare. The discussion arose in an Oct. 5, 2017, meeting in response to concerns that some physicians cannot access Advanced

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08 Mar 2018

TECH GURU ERIC SCHMIDT TELLS HEALTHCARE EXECS, DOCTORS AT HIMSS ’18 TO MOVE DATA TO CLOUD ASAP

  The former executive chairman of Alphabet and an executive with Sun Microsystems has a message for healthcare providers: Move your data to the cloud. And fast. Eric Schmidt, now a technical adviser for Google’s parent company, urged providers during his keynote address at HIMSS18 to ditch their data warehouses and

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18 Jan 2018

JACKSON HEALTHCARE PUTS DR. TOM PRICE ON ADVISORY BOARD

  Tom Price, MD, who resigned in September as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has been named to the advisory board of an Atlanta-based staffing firm. Dr. Price, a former orthopedic surgeon and congressman, stepped down from his high-profile post as head of the HHS after only

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