Day: January 23, 2022

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CVS Caremark agrees to settlement over transaction fees

The Oklahoma Insurance Department has entered into a settlement agreement with CVS Caremark over transaction fees the pharmacy benefit manager charges pharmacists to process Medicare Part D and group health plan claims, the agency announced Thursday.

The CVS Health subsidiary will pay $4.8 million to settle the alleged violations of the state’s Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act. CVS Caremark will pay $2.3 million in restitution to drugstores and $2.5 million in penalties to the state.

“CVS Caremark was cooperative during our investigation, we were able to work together through negotiations to ensure there is a level playing field that is abiding by the rules of [Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act] and other PBM statutes,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready (R) said in a news release. “With the rising cost of healthcare throughout the pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure companies fully comply with our laws

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How toddlers spot close social ties

An 11-month-old baby plays with a teething toy on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC.

The thought of sharing an ice cream cone with a stranger can trigger feelings of disgust—however that’s often not the case with someone close to us, such as a romantic partner or child.

A new study in the journal Science on Thursday shows that children are aware of this dynamic from a very young age, and see saliva exchange—through activities like kissing, sharing food, or wiping away dribble— as a cue to tell whether two people have a special bond.

“We know from a lot of research that infants are super attuned to that social aspect of their world,” Ashley Thomas, a researcher at Harvard and MIT, told AFP.

“But one thing that we didn’t know before this study is whether they really pay attention to different types of relationships.”

In particular, Thomas and colleagues

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