Medicare overspends millions on anemia drug; FEMA sending more disaster relief to Joplin;

> The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Thursday announced that Mercy Health of Joplin will receive more than $1.5 million dollars for temporary medical offices, according to a statement from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Announcement

> Medicare is overspending by $400 million on the anemia drug Epogen, one of the most expensive drugs, The Washington Post reported. Article

> The Ways and Means Committee is asking Congress for a nonpartisan investigator to thoroughly review how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' funds are used. Statement

> The life expectancy for patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes) between 1965 and 1980 was 68.8 years--a 15-year improvement--compared to those diagnosed between 1950 and 1964, according to University of Pittsburg researchers. Announcement

> Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health is adding another hospital to its expanding system, with news last week that Deer River (Minn.) Healthcare Center will become Essentia Health-Deer River, starting Sept. 1. Article

And Finally… Who says there's no such thing as an honest politician? Article

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