Hepatitis C drugs put strain on N.Y. Medicaid program; Iowa bill would require health plans to cover eating disorder treatment;

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> Hepatitis C drugs accounted for about 10 percent of New York's overall Medicaid spending in the third quarter of last year, and the program spent more than $400 million for the drugs in the first nine months of 2015, Politico New York reports. Article

> Health insurers in Texas say the state's Medicaid program could save $100 million per year if it allowed them the freedom to pick their own drug formularies, according to the Amarillo Globe-News. Article

> A bill approved Tuesday by the Iowa Senate would require health plans in the state to cover the diagnostic assessment and treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, the Des Moines Register reports. Article

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> The hospice industry has become an easy target for criminals looking to stretch the definition of "terminally ill," thanks to lackluster federal oversight and a low bar for coverage. Article

> A recently unsealed lawsuit claims Humana encouraged physicians to elevate patient conditions in an effort to inflate Medicare Advantage risk scores, and then turned a blind eye when one physician voiced concerns, according to a report jointly published by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR. Article

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