Hearings to address price hikes on drugs; Home visit program cuts hospitalizations; and much more

News From Around the Web

> The Senate Special Committee on Aging held the first of a series of hearings into reasons behind recent egregious price hikes for some specialty medicines, NPR reports. Article

> For the second time this year, a doctor in Charlotte, North Carolina, has been accused of sexually assaulting his patients, the Charlotte Observer reports. Article

> A former physician's assistant and her husband have been accused of illegally obtaining and distributing up to 20,000 pills of the prescription painkiller oxycodone, PennLive reports. Article

Health Plan News

> HouseCalls, a program that sends a physician or a nurse practitioner to on a home visit to Medicare Advantage members, cut both hospital and nursing home admissions, according to a new study. Article

> Two healthcare startup companies will help in the Obama administration's push to get uninsured Americans to sign up for healthcare insurance, according to a posting on the White House blog. Article

And Finally… When shoplifting gets personal. Article