The Weekly Roundup

April 29, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

You can encourage your patients to do some spring cleaning April 30. Tomorrow is Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA’s push to stop prescription medications from ending up in the wrong hands, or our landfills or water. In September 2015, the DEA captured more than 702,365 pounds of expired, unused, or unwanted drugs. Patients can call 1-800-882-9539 to find a site, or go here to punch in their zip code and find one. (My search netted four sites within a 10-mile radius of my home.)

Here are few other stories we thought you might find interesting:

  • Earlier this week, in its final rule on Medicaid managed care, CMS announced it would take a more aggressive interest in state contracts, rates, and network adequacy standards, among others. See commentary here and here. The final rule will be published May 6.
  • Anthem and UnitedHealth Group seem to be in opposing corners on their ability to make a profit under the Affordable Care Act as the enrollment market stabilizes.
  • Yikes. A new study reports that long-term use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) users had a 28% increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease and a 96% increased risk of developing kidney failure.
  • I’m never up late enough to catch this live-from-New-York. In case you missed it, too, here’s a light-hearted jab at customer service, big-box-style.

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors.