Rheumatology Leaders Urge CMS to Adopt Safeguards Protecting Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries from Step Therapy; Encourage More Price Transparency in Part D

ATLANTA, GA – In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) expressed its continuing concern with a recent CMS policy allowing Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to utilize step therapy for Part B drugs. In the comment letter, rheumatology leaders urged the agency to establish safeguards to protect beneficiaries from potential harm.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sprouts Farmers Market is looking to add thousands of team members across the country to fulfill its mission to make healthy living affordable. The healthy grocer will hold open interviews on Tuesday, December 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at more than 300 stores in 19 states from coast to coast to fill non-seasonal, full- and part-time positions. Interested candidates can visit sprouts.com/careers to view openings by store.

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Opioid Sales 2017 1

Big news broke that U.S. life expectancy is in decline because of opioids.  Did you know that South Carolina ranks No. 10 in the country in terms of most opioid sales per capita by state?

While the epidemic is now widely known, it is important to know what steps are being taken in our state to avoid more senseless deaths.

The team at ConsumerProtect.com issued a report on The States With The Most Opioid Sales using the most recent and complete data available.

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Combined company brings together capabilities of two leading organizations to establish innovative health care model

Woonsocket, RI – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), a company that is leading the transformation of health care, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Aetna (NYSE: AET), establishing CVS Health as the nation’s premier health innovation company.

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Chronic heartburn may indicate a more serious disorder

Spartanburg, SC--We’ve all been guilty of overindulging at one time or another – particularly during the holiday season – and have suffered the discomfort that often follows. Sometimes the pain after eating too much is more severe than the typical gas, bloating, or indigestion or it happens more frequently and is hard to control with the usual over-the-counter remedies. And sometimes heartburn just happens and has nothing to do with what we’ve eaten.

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South Carolina’s Preterm Birth Rate of 11.2% Earns Palmetto State a “D” Grade

Columbia, SC, NOV. 1, 2018 — South Carolina’s preterm birth rate in 2017 remained at 11.2 percent and the state received a “D” grade, according to the 2018 Premature Birth Report Card from March of Dimes, the nation’s leading maternal and infant health nonprofit. For the third year in a row, more U.S. babies were born too soon with serious risks to their health. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to death in the first year of life in the United States, and the leading cause of death in children under age five worldwide.

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Rural Resource Guide is the One-Stop-Shop Listing of Federal Programs That Can Support Grassroots Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic and Build Resiliency

WASHINGTON – White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse (PDF, 1.7 MB) is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.

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