Utah pharmacy administrator stole drugs with fake patient names; Hep C victims drop nursing home suit to sue hospital;

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> Administrators at a Salt Lake City veteran's hospital say a pharmacy supervisor was able to steal more than 24,000 painkillers via bypassing security and creating records for fictional patients, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Article

> Massachusetts' Steward Health Care implied it will support a ballot initiative that partially standardizes rates hospitals are paid for providing care, according to CommonWealth. Article

> Victims of the worst hepatitis C outbreak in recent years dropped their claims against a Minot, North Dakota, nursing home to instead join it in suing a hospital the patients and nursing home blame for the outbreak, according to The News & Observer. Article

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> Contrary to what some health insurers and policymakers believe, retail clinics may actually increase spending by driving new healthcare utilization, according to a new study published by Health Affairs. Article

> In a hearing Monday on the topic of transparency in tiered health insurance plans--such as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield's Omnia--New Jersey legislators tackled the daunting task of determining how much insurers should have to disclose when creating new products, according to the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

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