Entries in Thayer, Claire (216)

Friday
May252018

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Insurers, small businesses praise move to delay Obamacare health insurance tax

After logging a victory in Congress to suspend a controversial Obamacare tax beginning in 2019, health insurers and small businesses are now setting their sights on 2020.

Washington Examiner

Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

Pfizer Settles Kickback Case Related To Copay Assistance For $24M

Pfizer will pay the government nearly $24 million as part of a settlement to resolve allegations that it funneled money through a foundation resulting in illegal kickbacks.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

Drugmakers Blamed For Blocking Generics Have Jacked Up Prices And Cost U.S. Billions

Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a Kaiser Health News analysis has found.

Kaiser Health News

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

Insurance Consolidation May Soon Include Hospitals, Create Powerhouses

The continued market consolidation and efforts to create an “all-in-one” approach to healthcare insurance customers may lead to carriers acquiring large hospital networks, particularly if the CVS-Aetna transaction proves to be successful and profitable, one analyst says.

HealthLeaders Media

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

 

Kaiser Permanente commits $200M to reduce homelessness

Kaiser Permanente is teaming up with mayors of a number of American cities to fight housing insecurity and homelessness. The Oakland, California-based integrated health system said late last week it will invest up to $200 million.

Healthcare Dive

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

 

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 
Thursday
May172018

Medication Nonadherence: Data and Analytics Can Make an Impact

By Claire Thayer, May 16, 2018

Over two-thirds of hospital readmissions are directly due to medication nonadherence.  Many factors contribute to patients not taking their medications, including fear of side effects, out-of-pocket costs, and misunderstanding intended use.  Interventions targeted at understanding the underlying causes on nonadherence are critical to improving chronic disease outcomes.  Successful interventions include: educating patients on purpose and benefits of treatment regimen, reducing barriers to obtain medication, as well as use of health IT tools to improve decision making and communication during and after office visits. 

This weeks’ edition of the MCOL infoGraphoid, co-sponsored by DST Health, explores how data and analytics can provide insight to drive behavior change to improve adherence.

MCOL’s weekly infoGraphoid is a benefit for MCOL Basic members and released each Wednesday as part of the MCOL Daily Factoid e-newsletter distribution service – find out more here.

Friday
May112018

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

Trump touts plan to lower drug costs but rejects Medicare negotiations

President Donald Trump on Friday will unveil a sweeping strategy for lowering drug prices that aims to reshape Medicare, boost competition and pressure foreign governments that the White House believes are “freeloading” off of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, two senior administration officials said Thursday night.

Politico

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Medical device recalls reach historic levels in 2018 with software as leading cause

Medical device recalls reached record highs in the first three months of 2018 thanks to software complications that are likely to continue with the proliferation of high-tech devices.

Fierce Healthcare

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How Mayo Clinic's prescribing guidelines are cutting opioid prescriptions by half

After analyzing opioid prescribing practices following surgery and improving prescribing guidelines, researchers at the Mayo Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Rochester, Minn., saw a 48 percent decrease in opioids prescribed for hip and knee replacement surgery, according to a study published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

Becker's Hospital Review

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump proposes $15 billion spending cuts, targets children's health program

U.S. President Donald Trump will request a package of $15 billion in spending cuts from Congress on Tuesday, including some $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program championed by Democrats, senior administration officials said on Monday.

Reuters

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Health insurance CEOs earned $342.6M in 2017

Nearly every health insurance CEO got a pay raise in 2017—in most cases, bringing home more than 300 times the amount their average employee earned.

Fierce Healthcare

Monday, May 7, 2018

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 
Friday
May042018

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Is In Prison, But Daraprim’s Price Is Still High 

It was 2015 when Martin Shkreli, then CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals and the notorious “pharma bro,” jacked up the cost of the lifesaving drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent. Overnight, its price tag skyrocketed from $13.50 a pill to $750.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, May 4, 2018

Health Insurers Had Their Best Quarter in Years, Despite the Flu

U.S. health insurers just posted their best financial results in years, shrugging off worries that the worst flu season in recent history would hurt profits.

Bloomberg

Thursday, May 3, 2018

CVS ‘Moving Forward’ With Aetna Deal, Profit Tops Estimates

CVS ‘Moving Forward’ With Aetna Deal, Profit Tops Estimates CVS Health Corp. said it’s making “good progress” on getting regulatory approval for its $68 billion deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc. -- one of two megamergers in the health-care industry that are under antitrust scrutiny.

Bloomberg

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar to Supreme Court: Time to rule on Medicare case that affects $4 billion

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court case won by numerous hospitals over disproportionate share hospital payments.

Healthcare Finance News

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Bill Gates got President Trump fired up about a universal flu vaccine

Bill Gates was talking to President Trump in the Oval Office last month when the conversation turned to the notion of a universal flu vaccine — probably, as Gates recalled in an interview, “the longest conversation about universal flu vaccine that the president’s ever had.”

Stat News

Monday, April 30, 2018


These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.

 

Friday
Apr272018

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition
 

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week:

 

CMS extension of transitional health plans could ding ACA market

The CMS has once again allowed insurers and states to renew so-called transitional health plans that pre-dated Affordable Care Act coverage requirements and that don't have to comply with those rules.

Modern Healthcare

Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

Anthem sees profits rise after scaling back participation in ObamaCare

Anthem experienced a profit boost in the first quarter of 2018 after scaling back its participation in the ObamaCare markets, the health insurer announced Wednesday.

The Hill

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

HHS proposes Medicare payment rules to encourage hospitals to be clearer about prices

The Trump administration is proposing to rewrite rules on federal payments to hospitals treating older Americans on Medicare, making it easier for patients to see the prices of procedures and care.

The Washington Post

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Senate Health panel approves opioid bill

The Senate Health Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to send the panel’s bipartisan opioid bill to the chamber’s floor.

The Hill

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Insurer group issues warning on Trump administration's short-term health plan proposal

The nation's largest trade group for health insurance companies is sounding the alarm on a proposal from the Trump administration that would expand the sale of plans that cover fewer services.

The Hill

Monday, April 23, 2018

 

These and more weekly news items on the business of healthcare are featured in the MCOL Weekend edition, along with the MCOL Tidbits, and more, for MCOL Premium level members.