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CMS also ordered state regulators and accrediting organizations to immediately inspect thousands of Medicare-participating healthcare facilities and focus on infection control.
Net drug prices began leveling off in 2015, but the researchers said that doesn't mean that drugs are affordable for many consumers.
With the increased likelihood of a recession this year, S&P says lower credit ratings for private equity-backed issuers may increase, making the sector vulnerable to downgrades and defaults.
It's the seventh such settlement reached by DOJ's Antitrust Division in its ongoing probe of the generic pharmaceutical industry.
Survey shows more than 290,000 NPs practicing in the U.S., accounting for more than 1 billion patient visits annually.
A settlement agreement with DOJ aims to put the Massachusetts hospital into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Anthem said the acquisition creates an opportunity to combine existing behavioral health capabilities "with Beacon's successful model and support services in order to enhance whole person care."
The two academic medical centers say they "remain confident our merger will result in continued high-quality care for our consumers."
Many hospitals and surgeons continue to perform high-risk procedures without sufficient patient volumes to ensure patient safety.
Research suggests that these new disabilities can lead to readmissions, placement in a nursing home, and continued declines in patients' well-being.