Centene to insure Medicaid beneficiaries in California; Nevada considers requiring insurers increase chemo cost-sharing;

News From Around the Web:

> Centene has won a contract with the California Department of Health Care Services to insure about 55,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in the state, the St. Louis Business Journal reported. Article

> Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would require insurers that offer cancer coverage to pay a larger share of the cost of new oral chemotherapy medications, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Article

Health Providers News:

> Background noise in the operating room, such as loud surgical tools, talkative team members or music, can significantly impair communication among the surgical team, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Article

> Drug shortages continue to plague hospitals across the nation, even though legislation last year was supposed to help the Food and Drug Administration prevent such scarcities. Article

Health IT News:

> Despite concerns about the short timeframe to implement ICD-10, skipping ahead to ICD-11 is not a good alternative and is "fraught with its own pitfalls," according to a report from the American Medical Association's board of trustees. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been lax in overseeing unsafe prescribing patterns for patients with Medicaid Part D, a new analysis finds. Article

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