For a state like Oklahoma, improving citizens' access to affordable health care and medicine is a critical priority. With approximately one-third of Sooners residing in rural areas, and a large number living on tribal lands, the state needs strong rural health clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to care for its residents. More than 25 years ago, the federal 340B Drug Discount Program was created to help health care safety net providers, such as FQHCs, rural health clinics, and some hospitals deliver more affordable prescription drugs and health care services to vulnerable or uninsured patients. Pharmaceutical manufacturers sell drugs at steep discounts to the providers. In turn, these providers are expected to use the savings generated by their participation in the 340B program to provide affordable medication for patients. But due to 340B's lack of clear guidance and oversight, many hospital providers have taken advantage of it to reap significant profits and pad … [Read more...] about Point of View: Fixing drug discount program would boost rural health care
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Private health care for veterans can go wrong. Ask Ronny Jackson how he'd fix that. Veterans have unique stressors and health needs. Senators must ask Trump nominee Ronny Jackson how he'd make sure private providers are up to the job. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Derek Coy, Opinion Contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET April 19, 2018 Veterans have unique stressors and health needs. Senators need to ask Trump nominee Ronny Jackson how he'd make sure private providers are up to the job. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE When I returned from Iraq as a 22-year-old former Marine sergeant, I … [Read more...] about Private health care for veterans can go wrong. Ask Ronny Jackson how he’d fix that.
Angela Clabon could never let her North St. Louis city community down, and that loyalty fuels her mission to provide health care services for her neighbors.“The people who reside in this community, they know me as someone who grew up with them,” said Clabon, the CEO of CareSTL Health, formerly Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, Inc.“I would hate to see a look in their faces and see disappointment that I did not deliver. For that reason, I work very hard to make sure that they can continue to trust me to be a voice for the voiceless.” When her community was hurting after the Ferguson unrest, Clabon made the decision to provide behavioral health services to students in the surrounding area.“We started providing those services without a funding stream, but the need was so great,” Clabon said. “The response was huge. They were in so much pain.”Under her leadership, CareSTL Health went from providing dental services for … [Read more...] about Angela Clabon is 2018 Stellar Performer in Health Care
Centene Corporation on Monday announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire MHM Services, Inc., which provides health care and staffing services to correctional systems and other government agencies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Under the deal, Centene will acquire 100 percent of the stock of MHM, including its 49 percent ownership of Centurion, the correctional health care services joint venture between Centene and MHM. "The addition of MHM will provide Centene with significant scale in the correctional healthcare services market," said Michael Neidorff, chairman and CEO of Centene, in a statement. "For the past six years, Centene and MHM have successfully worked together to build Centurion, which now provides comprehensive, cost-efficient clinical programs for correctional systems in seven states." The deal adds two new states to Centene's portfolio and expands Centurion's reach to 14 states. Centene intends to fund the purchase of the company with a … [Read more...] about Centene buying company that provides health care for prisons
In an effort to bolster its offerings to health insurers and corporate wellness plans, Fitbit is acquiring health care startup Twine Health. Twine’s service connects people with chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension with coaches and doctors who then craft plans to help them follow healthier lifestyles. Fitbit, which announced the acquisition on Tuesday, will let users add data from its wearable devices for tracking physical activity, sleep and other vitals to Twine’s service. The startup is headed by Dr. John Moore, who will join Fitbit as medical director. When he co-founded Twine in 2013, Moore was a researcher at MIT studying how technology could be used to help patients improve their health. The deal opens the potential to connect Twine with some of Fitbit’s tens of millions of users. “Our biggest challenge has been that we know we can get the outcomes, but getting it out to the people that need it is an incredible challenge,” he says. The … [Read more...] about Fitbit makes acquisition to enhance health care service offerings