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On 100th Day, Governor Newsom Announces New Partner on Prescription Drug Purchasing Pool |

On his 100th day in office, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a partnership with Los Angeles County on prescription drug purchasing, putting together the power of the country’s biggest state and county for the biggest discounts and lower prices needed for medications. The State of California and Los Angeles County buy drugs for similar purposes and populations and can leverage their …

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The latest edition of #CareTalk is out. CareCentrix CEO, John Driscoll and I explore Medicare for All and other big topics. Here’s what we covered: (0:35) Is “Medicare for All” quickly becoming a litmus test for Democratic presidential candidates? (2:45) What should be made of the recent moves of home health agencies around primary care? (5:00) Are pharma rebates to blame for …

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Happy 14th! My main job is president of Health Business Group, a boutique healthcare strategy consulting firm I founded in 2003. As a sideline, I write the Health Business Blog, where I provide a behind the scenes look at the business of healthcare, featuring my spin on healthcare topics in the news, interviews with entrepreneurs, and policy prescriptions. The blog is …

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https://website.guild.im/williams/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2019/03/Rhapsody-podcast-3_17_19-8.42-PM-online-audio-converter.com_.mp3 Interoperability has a been a buzzword in healthcare for about a decade, but sometimes it doesn’t seem like we’ve gotten that far. In this podcast, Rhapsody’s EVP of Product & Strategy, Drew Ivan and I discuss interoperability: its past, present and future. Here’s what we covered: 0:20 What is interoperability anyway? 2:50 Why do we hear about interoperability so …

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The latest edition of #CareTalk is out. CareCentrix CEO, John Driscoll and I explore the departure of FDA Director Scott Gottlieb and other pressing topics. Here’s what we covered: (0:28) Scott Gottlieb is out at FDA. Are you sad to see him go? (2:00) Home health spending is projected to grow faster than any other category of healthcare over the coming years. …

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Amazon Alexa Is HIPAA Compliant: What’s Next?

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The internet was in a bit of an uproar this week after Amazon admitted that employees listen to select customer conversations with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant. Yet, the tech giant seems unfazed by the news, noting that employees only listen to a handful of recordings with the ultimate goal of improving communications. In fact, Amazon’s data has allowed them to …

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Coverage and Affordability Expansions Pass Key Policy & Budget Committees |

California’s movement towards universal health care took a major step forward last week when California legislators advanced a number of major proposals to expand health coverage and increase affordability for hundreds of thousands of Californians. The bills and budget proposals that were passed would reduce costs in our health care system while also improving quality and equity for consumers. These …

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