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05/17/2019 - The Associated Press by: Anthony Izaguirre and Geoff Mulvihill
CHARLESTON ,WV - Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that’s now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states.

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05/16/2019 - Modern Healthcare by: Susannah Luthi
WASHINGTON, DC - Hospitals' ability to withstand natural disasters while keeping their patients safe came under scrutiny by the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday.

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05/16/2019 - Modern Healthcare by: Maria Castellucci
WASHINGTON, DC - An estimated 161,250 preventable deaths occur each year in U.S. hospitals, a decline from three years ago, according to a new analysis from the Leapfrog Group.

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05/16/2019 - Modern Healthcare by: Robert King
WASHINGTON, DC - The CMS is concerned that some Medicaid managed care plans are not accurately reporting "spread pricing," a tactic where pharmacy benefit managers charge a plan more for a drug than it reimburses a pharmacy.

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05/16/2019 - NPR by: Selena Simmons-Duffin
WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, Civica Rx, a nonprofit drug company founded last year by a consortium of hospitals and foundations, said it had entered an agreement with a Danish drugmaker to make available injected forms of vancomycin and daptomycin, two antibiotics that are often in short supply.

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05/16/2019 - Modern Healthcare by: Susannah Luthi
WASHINGTON, DC - A bipartisan group of senators released legislation Thursday to ban surprise medical bills, and landed on arbitration as a final resort if hospitals, specialty physicians or insurers aren't happy with the pay rate proposed for out-of-network treatment.

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05/16/2019 - NPR by: Blake Farmer
WASHINGTON, DC - At 7:51 a.m. Tuesday, after a federal judge weighed in the night before, the national rules governing distribution of donated livers to dying patients became a bit more equitable.

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