Sheila Petaccio

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Cigna deal gets antitrust nod, positive sign for CVS/Aetna

(Reuters) - Health insurer Cigna Corp's (CI.N) $52 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co has passed U.S. antitrust scrutiny, the companies said on Monday, allowing them to proceed with a combination they say will lead to lower costs by better coordinating …

Mergers & Acquisitions

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Can a prescription drug simply cost too much for health insurance to cover?<p>That idea is implicit in a new program by CVS Health, one of the largest pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) in the country. The pros and the cons of the proposal were debated on Monday in <i>Health Affairs</i>, with pharmaceutical …

CVS Health

Opioid Epidemic Office Readiness #HcSimWeek18 and #PainAwarenessMonth

Many of us have read through FMLA paperwork describing things we can do to assist our employees with acute or chronic pain. These instructions may …

Naloxone

The Dilemma Of Enterprise IT Vendors

Enterprise IT market is tough for startups. We recently saw Redis Labs moving to a more restrictive license to fend off competition from the cloud …

Red Hat

How to Integrate Natural Language Processing and Elasticsearch for Better Analytics

<b>When:</b> September 18 | 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM PT (12:00 PM - 12:45 PM ET)<p><b>Level 300 | Service Deep Dive</b><p>There’s a proliferation of unstructured data. …

Natural Language Processing

Pharma companies avoid estimated $215m a year in local tax: Oxfam

“It begs the question, why are profits so low in places like Australia with ordinary tax rates, but so high in some of the world’s worst tax havens?” …

Senate advances bill to end pharmacy 'gag clauses'

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill on Monday that would prohibit a controversial practice through which insurers and drug middlemen prevent …

Donald Trump

Cloudera Fast Forward Labs

Deep learning has provided extraordinary advances in problem spaces that are poorly solved by other approaches. This success is due to several key …

Machine Learning

Prices Soar for Hospital Drugs After Shortages Hit, Study Finds

Drug prices increased at roughly twice their usual rate after shortages developed, a study found, suggesting that pharmaceutical companies may be …

Mayo Clinic

The Federal Agency That Fuels the Opioid Crisis

Every day, nearly 200 people across the country die from drug overdoses. Opioids have been the primary driver of this calamity: first as prescription painkillers, then heroin and, more recently, illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The death toll has risen steadily over the past two decades.<p>The Drug …

Opinion

The Robot Takeover Is Coming: Machines Will Do Half Our Work by 2025

Machines and automated software will be handling fully half of all workplace tasks within seven years, a new report from the World Economic Forum …

World Economic Forum

Don’t be fooled. Republicans don’t care about the opioid epidemic.

<i>Correction: An earlier version of this blog post misstated the number of deaths last year due to opioid drug overdoses. This version has been updated.</i><p>It’s tempting to celebrate the Senate’s Monday night vote to pass its massive legislative package meant to curb the nation’s opioid epidemic. In this …

Opinion

Senate passes sweeping legislation to combat opioid epidemic

Politics News<p>WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday overwhelming approved a sweeping legislative package of bills aimed at combating the nation's deadly opioid epidemic.<p>The bipartisan measure passed 99-1. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was the only senator to vote against it.<p>Similar to the House package passed …

U.S. Postal Service

Trinity Health Renames Its Regional Medical Groups

Trinity Health of New England has renamed its various medical practices to lend cohesion to the regional medical group.The new name, Trinity Health …

New England

CT sues over $11M drug-billing fraud

Connecticut is suing a Florida compounding pharmacy and at least 13 current or former state workers who participated in a pharmacy-benefit billing …

Generic Drugs

Customer Experience Metrics, Through a New Lens

There are so many ways to measure customer experience (CX) efforts. For B2B brands, the ultimate measure is renewal rate, or, for those whose CX …

Customer Experience

The Secret Drug Pricing System Middlemen Use to Rake in Millions

Not everybody reads the legal notices inside the Ottumwa Courier. But in January, Iowa pharmacist Mark Frahm noticed something unusual in the …

Generic Drugs

Why big tech firms are going after the primary care experience

A few months back, I had argued in this column that the coming battle in health care would be over who "owns" the consumer. Recent research and …

Report: Pharma exec says he had 'moral requirement' to raise drug price 400%

<b>(CNN) —</b> A pharmaceutical company executive defended his company's recent 400% drug price increase, telling the Financial Times that his company had a "moral requirement to sell the product at the highest price." The head of the US Food and Drug Administration blasted the executive in a response on …

Martin Shkreli

Hunt for the Skinwalker Trailer Stares Down the Paranormal

There is probably nothing scarier than global confirmations of unexplained phenomenon, at least to the government agencies which keep the general …

Paranormal

CERN Physicists Have At Long Last Finally Observed Higgs Boson Particle Decaying Into Bottom Quarks

The ATLAS collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider has excitingly observed the Higgs boson decaying.<p>In a momentous event for physics, CERN …

Physics

Ep 22: Psychiatric Medications and You: What You Need to Know.

<p>“Just be ’med-compliant’ and you’ll be okay.” That’s the message that hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people hear every day from society and …

Richard Mead and the Understanding of Transmissible Diseases

Richard Mead (1673–1754) Image Author: Mezzotint by R. Ho<p>On August 11, 1673, English physician <b>Richard Mead</b> was born. His work, A <i>Short Discourse</i> …

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Fits Together

From space-time to chaos theory.<p>Physics is a huge, complex field. It also happens to be one of the most fascinating, dealing with everything from …

Physics

CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video

Think of it as a digital doctor.<p>Drugstore giant CVS Health plans to offer a nationwide service to treat easy-to-diagnose maladies and other medical issues via its smartphone app.<p>The telemedicine service will be offered for diagnosis of conditions such as colds and flu, skin issues and general …

CVS Health

10 Black Slaveowners That Will Tear Apart Historical Perception

In the year 1830, at the height of the transatlantic slave trade, there were an estimated two million people enslaved in the United States. In the …

Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) in 50 lines of code (PyTorch)

<b>tl;dr:</b> <i>GANs are simpler to set up than you think</i><p>In 2014, Ian Goodfellow and his colleagues at the University of Montreal published a stunning paper …

Clustering Similar Stories Using LDA

There is more to a story than meets the eye, and some stories deserve to be presented from more than just one perspective. With Flipboard 4.0, we have released story roundups, a new feature that adds coverage from multiple sources to a story and provides you with a fuller picture of an event.<p>Here’s …

Data Science

Why do Decision Trees Work?

In this article we will discuss the machine learning method called “decision trees”, moving quickly over the usual “how decision trees work” and …

Removing Outliers Using Standard Deviation in Python

<b>By Punit Jajodia, Chief Data Scientist, Programiz.com.</b><p>Standard Deviation, a quick recap<p>Standard deviation is a metric of variance i.e. how much the …