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Alex Kacik

Reporter/Chicago

Alex Kacik is the hospital operations reporter for Modern Healthcare in Chicago. Aside from hospital operations, he covers supply chain, legal and finance. Before joining Modern Healthcare in 2017, Kacik covered various business beats for seven years in the Santa Barbara, California region. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Central California.

Generic-drug approval growth doesn't spark competition


February 25, 2019

The first three generics introduced make the biggest dent on prices. But the vast majority of generic-drug approvals from 2012 to 2017 were for the fourth, fifth, sixth or even later versions that minimally impact prices, according to a new report.

Whistle-blower accuses HCA of fraudulent billing practices


February 21, 2019

In an unsealed False Claims Act case in California federal court, a former Regional Medical Center nurse alleges that administrators billed ICU, medical-surgical and telemetry services on an inpatient basis when the patient was still located in the emergency department.

Gilead accused of funneling kickbacks to providers to boost sales


February 14, 2019

Gilead Sciences is accused of giving kickbacks to healthcare organizations, government agencies, universities and community groups to boost sales of its hepatitis and HIV drugs, resulting in billions of dollars in excess government spending.

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