Alaska struggles with sky-high premiums; Senate opens investigation into drug pricing;

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> Lack of competition on its health insurance exchange and other issues means Alaska's premiums are among the highest in the country, putting pressure on some households not to obtain coverage, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> The U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging has opened a bipartisan investigation into drug pricing, AHA News Now has reported. Article

> A new test that focuses on fungal-related cases of sepsis in hospitals has cut diagnosis of the condition from days to hours, likely saving costs and lives, according to MIT Technology Review. Article

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> Efforts to better manage the health of patient populations are paying off for organizations in the form of reduced costs, better patient outcomes and improved health within the community, according to Healthcare IT News. The publication highlights three organizations--of all different types and sizes--that have made investments in population health management technologies in the transition to value-based care that resulted in improved care and outcomes. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Nine out of 10 technology and life sciences companies in a new survey say digital healthcare plays an important role in their overall business strategy, but they face myriad challenges. The survey report, from global law firm White & Case LLP and Mergermarket, forecasts growth over the next two decades for remote monitoring and mHealth, with Generation Xers (those born between 1965 and 1981) the most likely adopters in the next five years. Article

And finally...  Swedish bakery cooks up interesting fundraiser for prostate cancer research. Article