HHS awards $212M in grants to fight chronic disease; CVS Health partners with academic medical centers;

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> The Department of Health and Human Services announced 193 grant awards totaling nearly $212 million to states to support programs aimed at preventing chronic disease. Announcement

> CVS Health announced it entered into a clinical affiliation with three academic medical centers: University of Maryland Medical System, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System. Statement

> Some experts say bundled payments will hold back innovation efforts, Rebecca Paradis, a senior health policy associate at the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, wrote in Health Affairs. Article

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