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The Most Effective Application of Beta Blockers

Beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more commonly referred to as beta blockers, are a category of medications that can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of multiple heart attacks. Beta blockers work by impeding the effects of adrenaline on the heart. This slows the patient’s heartbeat, reducing the amount of force…

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New 340B Guidelines Target Program Abuses

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to its 340B Drug Discount Program, effective January 1, 2018. The primary difference in the program is that drug payments to participating hospitals will be cut. Under the original plan, CMS reimbursed hospitals at the average drug cost plus 6…

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CVS Acquisition of Aetna Isn’t About Amazon

CVS Caremark wants you to know it’s more than just a pharmacy—it’s a healthcare corporation. News of the potential acquisition of Aetna, a private insurance company, by CVS broke on October 26. Under this deal, CVS would purchase Aetna at $200 per share for a total of $66 billion, making…

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Top 10 Short-Term Acute Care Hospitals

The healthcare industry is being molded by patients seeking affordable, convenient care facilities. This demand has led to innovation in the field of telehealth, and encouraged the growth of retail clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and freestanding imaging centers. Patients no longer rely solely on hospitals to receive preventative care and…

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