CDC pushes HIV-preventive drug; Physicians praise Paris emergency medical response;

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> A "pre-exposure" pill can help prevent HIV infections, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to get it more widely used, the Washington Post reports. Article

> Two Denver-area primary care independent practice associations will merge contracts and management upon the New Year, creating the largest group of primary care physicians in the Denver metro area, with more than 320 PCPs expected to serve 375,000 Coloradoans. Announcement

> The recent terror attacks in Paris left 129 dead and more than 300 injured. No simulation could have prepared medical professionals for that kind of carnage; but even so, the response was remarkable, STAT News reports. Article

Payer News

> Drug makers and insurance companies may finally be leaning toward some form of mutual understanding and compromise about rising prescription prices, according to STAT News. Article

> Through its bundled payments pilot program, the Medicare program is currently testing models that it hopes will encourage higher-quality, lower-cost care and ultimately influence how other payers design their own alternative payment models, according to a policy brief from Health Affairs. Article

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