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Why Every Pharmacist Should Care About the CVS/Aetna Deal
Why Every Pharmacist Should Care About the CVS/Aetna DealEven if it doesn't happen, the deal says a lot about the current and future states of pharmacy.
Are Rebates Responsible for Higher Drug Costs?A new study shows how the Medicare donut hole could be costing patients.
The payer merger effect: What it meansConsolidation of major national payers may have a profound impact on the daily life of physicians
Responding to payer consolidationPhysicians and medical practices should anticipate at least three consequences from possible mega-mergers of health insurers.
New federal bill targets vision and dental care plansCongressman Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) recently introduced a new bill titled “Dental and Optometric Care Access Act (DOC Access Act)” that would address conflicts between dentists and eyecare providers and insurance providers.
New federal bill targets vision and dental care plansCongressman Earl “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) recently introduced a new bill titled “Dental and Optometric Care Access Act (DOC Access Act)” that would address conflicts between dentists and eyecare providers and insurance providers.
States fighting to advance optometry
States fighting to advance optometryThis is the first in a series of regular updates about optometric legislation from around the country. Optometry can be a localized profession; however, changes in one state might lay groundwork for similar changes in another. Know what’s happening around the country because it might be coming soon to your area.
Physicians prevail over illegal insurance practicesThe courts sided with North Carolina physicians over claims that UnitedHealthcare wrongly and systematically denied medical claims. Perhaps the tides are changing?
IPAs: Joining forces to retain independenceIf you want to retain your independence while finding some shelter from the storm of regulatory challenges and cost increases facing primary care physicians today, joining an independent physician association (IPA) may be an option to consider.
Narrowing networks create harrowing choicesInsurance companies are paring down plans for patients, impacting patient ability to choose physicians. Dermatologists are being terminated from some plans based on practice profiling software that has insufficient risk analysis.