U.S. Supreme Court to hear HIV case with implications for Ohio, elsewhere
It’s a practice that’s already been called anti-competitive. Now the U.S. Supreme Court could rule on whether it discriminates against the disabled. The court last week agreed to review a case focused on whether actions of insurers and pharmacy middlemen discriminate against people with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The case is on appeal […]
Additional corporations reported to be facing states’ drug-middleman probes
More states are investigating more companies regarding their conduct in the multi-billion dollar business of managing drug transactions, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The reporting comes after the Capital Journal in April reported that attorneys general in Ohio, Kansas, Mississippi and Arkansas were investigating health care giant Centene. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has […]
Conflicting corporate claims at the heart of Ohio’s blockbuster Medicaid suit
Two mega-corporations appear to be claiming they did the same work for Medicaid — Ohio’s $24 billion-a-year program that provides health care to the poorest 25% of state residents. Since the companies received at least $53 million for the work in 2017 alone, the conflicting claims could be a big problem — one with potential […]
State health leaders appeal to Congress for more vaccines, better communication, increased funding
WASHINGTON — State health officials in Colorado, Louisiana and Michigan had a clear answer when asked Tuesday what they need to better vaccinate their residents: more doses, more information to guide their planning, and more money to pay for the mammoth undertaking. That guidance from state leaders came during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce […]
State won’t force nursing home workers to be vaccinated, but nursing homes can, DeWine says
Even though dismal rates of nursing home workers are accepting the coronavirus vaccine, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he would not force them to. He said, however, that nursing homes could implement such a requirement if they wanted to. The low rate of acceptance among nursing home staff has been getting a lot […]
Ohio officials not tracking rate of vaccine refusals
Ohio health officials on Thursday said there's no organized effort to track refusals among people they consider so critical that they've been given first crack at the scarce vaccines.
Big fight over drug pricing heads to the Supreme Court
A years-long fight over whether states have the authority to regulate important aspects of drug pricing will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning.
Community pharmacy group says CVS, other bigs are unfairly steering patients
A huge majority of community pharmacists have lost patients in the last six months due to unfair practices by much larger competitors, an industry group that represents small pharmacists said last week.
Feds said to be investigating largest Medicaid provider in the U.S.
Federal officials are probing actions taken in Ohio in 2017 by the largest Medicaid managed care provider in the United States, a source familiar with the investigation has told Ohio Capital Journal. The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. But the source said the […]
Ohio attorney general sues second drug middleman
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is taking a second pharmacy benefit manager doing business with the state to court. Yost on Monday announced that his office had filed suit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas against St. Louis-based Express Scripts over work the company had done since 2010 on behalf of the Ohio […]