MedPAC appoints a new member; Wellness program final rule requires lower premiums for participants;

News From Around the Web

> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 20 patients in three states who have developed infections after receiving injectable steroids supplied by a Tennessee compounding pharmacy, MedPage Today reported. Article

> New York City public health officials have launched a successful program to locate HIV-positive patients who have been "lost to follow-up" and reconnect them with treatment services, according to study published in the journal AIDS. Announcement

> The Government Accountability Office on Thursday named Jon Christianson, a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Announcement

Health Payer News

> Centene's Medicaid managed care company operating in Kentucky has been ordered to repay about $8 million to the state for failing to cover preventive care provided by health departments in schools. Article

> The employer-based wellness program final rule requires insurers offer members with employer-sponsored health insurance significantly lower premiums for participating in wellness programs--regardless of whether they actually improve their health. Article

And Finally…  Role reversal--teacher fakes sickness to skip school. Article