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Legal fights and loopholes could blunt Medicare’s new power to control drug prices

By Leslie Walker and Dan Gorenstein September 15, 2022 On Tuesday, the White House celebrated the passage of the the Inflation Reduction Act, a sweeping climate, tax and health care package passed in August. Among other measures, it grants Medicare historic new powers to control prescription drug prices. Democratic leaders like U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer,… Read more »

Can Mark Cuban’s Pharmacy Help You Save On Prescription Drugs?

By Sarah Brady September 1, 2022 One in 10 U.S. adults has skipped taking a prescribed medication in order to save money, according to a Gallup poll. Cost Plus Drugs, Mark Cuban’s new pharmaceutical company, might be their best shot at finding the affordable medications they need. Policy measures like the Inflation Reduction Act will help some… Read more »

In U.S., Poor Life Ratings Reach Record High

By Dan Witters and Sangeeta Agrawal August 22, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives poorly enough to be considered “suffering” on Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index was 5.6% in July, the highest since the index’s inception in 2008. This exceeds the previous high of 4.8% measured in April and is… Read more »

San Diego County hospitals achieve geriatric emergency care accreditation milestone

By Nathan Tucker August 18, 2022 San Diego County is the first in the nation where every eligible hospital earned geriatric emergency department accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians, according to an Aug. 18 post on the University of California San Diego News Center website. In 2018, UC San Diego Health led geriatric care efforts… Read more »

‘First in the nation’: San Diego now has 18 hospitals offering specialized ER care for seniors

By Madison Weil August 11, 2022 SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego has become the first county in the nation where every eligible hospital has earned geriatric emergency department (GED) accreditation. Representatives from several San Diego hospitals gathered for a press conference on Thursday to acknowledge the major milestone. “We’re not only the first county… Read more »

San Diego County marks a first in nation for geriatric emergency care

By Jacob Aere August 11, 2022 It’s a first in the nation: All eligible hospitals in San Diego have officially earned geriatric emergency department, or GED, certification. That means that they specifically cater to seniors who may have dementia, cognitive decline and physical conditions that make it more difficult to navigate the emergency room. UC… Read more »

Senate’s Medicare drug pricing may ripple into private market

  By Lauren Clason and Jessie Hellmann August 10, 2022 Congress is on the verge of passing historic drug pricing legislation that would allow the government to restrict prices for drugs covered by Medicare, but experts disagree on whether drugmakers will shift those costs to the private market.  The reconciliation package the Senate passed Sunday… Read more »