Food-beverage-dining reporter @CrainsChicago. Formerly @chicagotribune, @dailypress. Father of two; beer and baseball lover; Minnesotan turned Oak Parker.

McDonald's to expand build-your-own-burger concept

McDonald's to expand build-your-own-burger concept

Obamacare law sheds light on $3.5B paid to doctors — U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received nearly $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers over the last five months of 2013, according to a partial set of data released Tuesday by the federal government. The data mark the first disclosure of anything approaching comprehensive information on the once-confidential financial ties between doctors and drug- and device-makers.

Medical industry paid billions to doctors, hospitals last year, data show — U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers in the last five months of 2013, according to the most extensive data trove on such payments ever made public. The payments, disclosed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday, include consulting and speaking fees, travel, meals, entertainment and research grants.

Drug firm payments to doctors to be made public — For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business. On Tuesday, the federal government is set to release, for the first time, a more comprehensive database that will spotlight financial ties between physicians, drugmakers and device-makers.

Baxter to market Merrimack's cancer drug outside U.S.

Blue Cross, State Farm team to sell health policies — The state's largest health insurance company is adding the firepower of the nation's largest home and auto insurer to sell health care policies this fall, both companies said Tuesday. Health Care Service Corp., the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Blue Cross plans in four other states, will bolster the number of insurance agents selling its products by about 20 percent with the pact.

U.S. Treasury moves against corporate inversion deals — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday announced a string of new actions the department will take to reduce the benefits for U.S. companies to move their addresses abroad to cut their tax bill.

Land of Lincoln Health to shuffle leadership — Land of Lincoln Health, the startup insurer funded in part by a $160 million federal loan, is shuffling its leadership team ahead of the start of open enrollment in the second year of the Affordable Care Act.

Horizon Pharma defies lawmakers, moves to Ireland — Despite growing criticism from lawmakers in Washington, a Deerfield drugmaker on Friday officially planted its corporate flag in Ireland, a move designed in part to lower its tax bill. Horizon Pharma completed its $587 million acquisition of the Irish pharmaceutical company Vidara Therapeutics International in a deal that allowed it to officially move its headquarters to Dublin.
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Oct 31, 2014

Hey Oak Parkers, there's a Euro-style gastropub opening on Marion Street.

Oct 30, 2014

"If Walgreens sells it, we're trying not to carry it." @EzrasSpirits launches national online shop:

Oct 29, 2014

RT @SamSifton: This is getting bigger: "8 women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment" via @torontostar.

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