Capsules: Hospitals Hook Up With Drugstore Giants To Lower Readmissions; Big Firms Win Multimillion Dollar Contracts To Build Insurance Marketplaces; Today Few Public Family Planning Centers Accept Insurance

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Colorado Public Radio's Eric Whitney, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on how Walgreens is working with hospitals to reduce admissions: "Dr. Jeffery Kang is a vice president at Walgreens, and describes the new role as 'our grandfather's Walgreens on steroids.' Walgreens is now contracting with hospitals to eliminate conflicting prescriptions on discharge, and then the pharmacy will follow up with patients to make sure they understand all their medications and take them properly when they get home" (Whitney, 2/20).

In addition, Phil Galewitz reports on companies' that are winning contracts to build health exchanges: "President Barack Obama's health law has been criticized as a 'government takeover' of health care. But private companies are building the underpinnings of the online health insurance marketplaces that are a key element of the law – and winning contracts worth hundreds of millions to do so” (Galewitz, 2/19).

Also on the blog, Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes about insurance and family planning centers: "Many of the state and local health departments, community health centers, Planned Parenthood clinics and other family planning centers that serve these women don't accept insurance, not even publicly funded insurance such as Medicaid. Not yet, anyway" (Andrews, 2/19). Check out what else is on the blog.

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