Texas Shares in $125 Million Settlement Over Drug Maker’s Monopoly Scheme

Texas is one of 48 states to share in a $125 million settlement with pharmaceutical company Cephalon related to a drug monopoly of the narcolepsy drug it produces, Provigil. The states alleged that Pennsylvania-based Cephalon caused generic versions of the drug to be delayed for several years. Full Story

Nominations Are Open for D CEO’s 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

This year’s edition will be a little different (you’ll see!), but we’re still eager to receive nominations in these 11 categories. We’re looking for stories of remarkable volunteers all the way up to the hardworking executives, from the big hospital systems to the scrappy independents. Wellness programs, community outreach, medical real estate—by the time you’re done reading the feature, we hope we’ve provided a comprehensive view of the healthcare industry in Dallas-Fort Worth and those that are pioneering new care models, cost-saving techniques, and population health strategies. Full Story

Commission Wants More Generic Drugs For Medicare Part D Recipients

A report by an independent advisory commission is pressuring Congress to encourage prescribing generic drugs under its prescription drug program and boost payer incentives for negotiating cheaper prices with the manufacturers. NPR reports on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission report, which pointed to a 60 percent spike in Medicare Part D spending from 2007 to 2014 as being primarily caused by high drug costs. The commission wants Congress to slash copayments for generics, establish an out-of-pocket spending cap that wouldn’t be affected by manufacturer discounts, and mandate that payers put forth 80 percent of drug costs after patients hit their… Full Story

The Most Read Healthcare Stories From 2015, All In One Place

Looking at analytics, 2015 may be the year that the true impact of the Affordable Care Act became visible. Locally, there were more large-scale alliances and partnerships and fewer outright acquisitions. Readers remain curious about the future of the physician shortage in Texas and the potential for technology to improve access to care. And while there were no global stories of interest to come out of North Texas, one dominated the website’s readers: The collapse of Forest Park Medical Center. The luxury physician-owned hospital chain is now beset by multiple bankruptcy filings, closures, and the indictment of one of its… Full Story