New York Times- 1 in 11 nursing home star ratings cut: Almost 1,400 nursing homes had their star ratings lowered by Medicare because of staffing concerns in July. According to recently released federal records, the nursing homes were, “either inadequately staffed with registered nurses or failed to provide payroll data that proved they had the required nursing coverage.”
Modern Healthcare- Slight premium cost decrease for Medicare Part D in 2019: CMS announced this week that Medicare Part D premiums will decrease from $33.59 to $32.50 next year. Users will be able to substitute generic drugs at any time throughout the year and the CMS plans to increase the number of pharmacies available for Medicare prescription fulfillment.
Business Insider- Google’s parent company stepping into the heath care arena: Alphabet, the parent company of Google, plans to use its access to big data and extensive cloud platform to analyze trends in population health. They are partnering with other companies to optimize electronic health records and other health computing infrastructures.