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July 20, 2018

Weekly quiz: Do you know what happened this week with Amazon's Alexa, Medicaid, and more?

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    Do you know what happened in health care this week? Test your knowledge with our weekly quiz.

    Quiz: Week of July 16th

    Question 1: According to an analysis from GoodRx, which large US city had the highest cash prices for drugs—20.1% above the national average?

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    The analysis found that drug prices were highest in New York. The city with the next highest prices was San Francisco, with cash prices 12.6% higher than the national average. Read the story.

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    Question 2: The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at HHS issued a report that the agency should seek to recoup $341 from whose travel expenses that violated federal policies?

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    The OIG found that 20 of former Secretary Tom Price's travels did not comply with federal requirements. Price resigned last year in the wake of federal investigations and growing criticism over his use of private planes for official business. Read the story.

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    Question 3: The FDA launched a task force last week to address what important issue?

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    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb launched a task force focused on drug shortages in order to "delve more deeply into the reasons why some shortages remain a persistent challenge." The issue has affected many hospitals.

    Advisory Board's Rebecca Tyrell notes that, by one estimate, "drug shortages cost U.S. hospitals $446M annually—$230M generated by the need to purchase more expensive therapeutic substitutes, and $216M by increased labor costs." Read the story.

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    We've researched the strategies your organization can use to prepare for and address drug shortages. Read our educational briefing on what executives need to know.

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    Question 4: CMS Administrator Seema Verma said that the Trump administration will move forward with helping states implement Medicaid work requirements, despite a federal judge's decision to block which state from implementing them?

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    It was a Kentucky judge who blocked the state from implementing the work requirements, part of a demonstration program called Kentucky HEALTH. Despite the ruling, the Trump Administration and Verma said that they are "very committed" to allowing states to implement the requirements and will open a new 30-day federal comment period on Kentucky program. Read the story.

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    Regardless of policy changes, hospitals have to learn how to succeed under Medicaid risk. To learn more about our research on the topic, register for a virtual panel discussion with four of our experts on Tuesday, August 14th.

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    Question 5: An analysis by Quartz focused on 16 of about 1,000 health-related tools on Amazon's Alexa. How many of the tools provided at least one valid answer to a user's question?

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    The analysis showed that 10 of the 16 tools provided at least one valid answer. This led them to conclude that, "Alexa health skills provide mediocre health advice in the best-case scenarios." Read the story.

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    To learn more about new technology in healthcare, specifically how to use analytics and prepare for the rise of new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, register for one of our upcoming webconferences on August 15th or September 6th.

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