NY health exchange partnering with CVS, others; New law may give Medicare drug-monitoring power;

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> The New York health exchange announced it's partnering with CVS Pharmacy, Kinney Drugs and TOPS Markets around the state to educate New Yorkers about insurance coverage available through the online Affordable Care Act exchange, the Wall Street Journal reports. Article

> Congress is considering giving Medicare the power to monitor for excess use of pain medicines. Currently, Medicare Part D administrators don't have the authority to watch for signs that a patient might be intentionally or accidentally abusing opioids, and a new law may change that, according to Public News Service. Article

> UPMC and Highmark's drawn-out battle may be largely over, but it's left behind plenty of angry customers. Plus, one expert is "not sure there's a winner because they both extended a lot of resources and a lot of money to accomplish their strategies," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Article

Health AntiFraud News

> Partnerships between assisted living facilities and home health companies are a natural fit and perfectly legal, but the partnership can also lead to potential anti-kickback violations, intentional or otherwise. Article

Healthcare News

> Hospitals and other providers have increased monitoring their performance outcome measures as part of the push to transition from volume-based care models to value-based care. That said, leaders need to take an active role to make sure their organizations truly measure quality. Article

And finally… A peek at FDR's December 7, 1941 daily calendar. Article