November 8, 2017

Around the nation: Ohio proposal to curb drug prices fails

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    Nearly 80% of Ohio voters rejected the Drug Price Relief Act, which would have capped the amount state agencies pay for prescription drugs at prices paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    • Nebraska: A trio of nurses who together have more than 130 years of experience retired this summer from Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy. Diane Johnson, who worked at Bergan for 42 years, noted how every day was a learning experience. Mary Mangiamelli, who spent 44 years in nursing, recalled getting summoned to work at off-hours, saying, "I taught my kids how to scramble an egg. If I wasn't home, at least they knew how to scramble an egg." Judy Spaen, who was in the field for 50 years, reflected on working during a 1975 tornado and a visit a year later from former President Gerald Ford. "There was always a new challenge," Spaen said, "I enjoyed what I did" (Stewart, Omaha World-Herald/Live Well Nebraska, 11/7).

    • Ohio: Ohio voters on Tuesday rejected the Drug Price Relief Act, a ballot proposal that aimed to reduce prescription drug costs by capping the amount that state agencies pay for medicines at prices equal to or below those paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA receives a 24% discount off the average manufacturers' prices. Casey Ross reports for STAT News that nearly 80% of Ohio voters rejected the proposal, with many voters saying they were confused about what the measure would have meant for consumers (Ross, STAT News, 11/7). 

    • Pennsylvania: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) plans to build three new specialty hospitals near existing facilities in Pittsburgh. UMPC will use $2 billion to build UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital at UPMC Mercy, UPMC Hillman Cancer Hospital at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, and UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital at UPMC Presbyterian. UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to open in 2020, and the Hillman Cancer Hospital is projected to open in 2022. UPMC did not give a timeline for UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital (Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 11/6).   

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