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Bill would mandate drug-database checking in California

A California bill now headed to the Assembly would require prescribers to check the state's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System drug monitoring program database when prescribing Schedule II or III drugs like oxycontin to a patient for the first time, and annually thereafter if the treatment continues.

UnitedHealth sues feds over Medicare Advantage overpayment rule

UnitedHealthcare and 40 other affiliated companies have sued the federal government in an attempt to change what they argue are unfair regulations governing Medicare Advantage overpayments.  

Obama to include Cadillac tax adjustment in budget proposal

Next week, President Barack Obama will propose amending the controversial Cadillac tax on expensive private health plans in the administration's 2017 budget plan, according to a article from the  New England Journal of Medicine.  

Report: Too many docs keep licenses after sexual misconduct

State medical boards aren't doing enough to protect patients from physicians known to have engaged in sexual misconduct, according to a Public Citizen report published by  PLOS ONE.

Insurers move to stem ACA losses--but at expense of consumers?

Seeking to stem their financial losses on Affordable Care Act exchange products, health insurers have started to discourage consumers from signing up for coverage outside of standard enrollment periods and choosing less-profitable plans,  Kaiser Health News  reports.  

Recruiting tip: Kindness counts more than performance

There is more to hiring employees than determining how well they will perform, especially in healthcare. A highly skilled doctor who nonetheless treats coworkers poorly, for example, is likely to cost your practice more than he or she generates, according to an article from  Harvard Business Review.

House fails to override Obama's veto of ACA repeal

The House of Representatives failed on Tuesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would have gutted the Affordable Care Act. 

Bernie Sanders' healthcare plan: The trouble with nixing private insurers

With the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders closer than ever, one of the key differences that has emerged between the two Democratic presidential candidates is their healthcare policy positions.

Insurers jump into battle over drug prices at state level

Health insurers in Virginia want to require more pricing transparency from the pharmaceutical industry, but drug companies are pushing back by saying this could be the first step toward government-related price controls that would stifle future innovations, according to an Associated Press article.  

How physicians can grow from serious mistakes

When physicians make serious medical errors, they needn't merely survive the emotional aftermath. With the right types of support, they can use the difficult experience to help them grow, according to a new study published in  Academic Medicine.