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Friday
Jun212019

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:

 

Surgeons’ Opioid-Prescribing Habits Are Hard To Kick

As opioid addiction and deadly overdoses escalated into an epidemic across the U.S., thousands of surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief, according to a KHN-Johns Hopkins analysis of Medicare data.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, June 21, 2019

 

Health Insurance Providers Launch Project Link to Address Social Barriers to Health

Not every health care problem can – or should – be addressed with a prescription pad. That’s why America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is launching Project Link – a new initiative that brings together the best thinking on how to effectively address social barriers to health and long-term well-being.

AHIP

Thursday, June 20, 2019

 

1 In 6 Insured Hospital Patients Get A Surprise Bill For Out-Of-Network Care

About 1 in 6 Americans were surprised by a medical bill after treatment in a hospital in 2017 despite having insurance, according to a study published Thursday.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, June 20, 2019

 

Private Medicare Advantage Could Hit 70% Market Share

Enrollment of seniors in private Medicare Advantage plans could reach 70% of those eligible for federal health benefits for the elderly between 2030 and 2040, a new report shows.

Forbes

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

 

Trump says he will roll out new health care plan in next couple of months

President Trump said he'll be rolling out a new health care plan in a couple of months, saying it will be a key focus in his 2020 reelection campaign.

The Hill

Monday, June 17, 2019

 

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
Jun142019

Looking Back at Healthcare Headline news this week 20, 10 and 5 years ago

By Claire Thayer, June 14, 2019

The MCOL Weekend newsletter is a treasure trove of historical healthcare news, dating back over twenty years.  Here’s a look back on some of the top news items this week 20, 10 and 5 years ago: 

1999

Health Care: Boehner proposes expanded coverage, June 10, 1999

U.S. Rep. John Boehner announced a proposal Wednesday to reform managed health care programs for most Americans through bills simultaneously introduced by several Republicans. Boehner said his plan seeks to make health plans more accountable to patients while expanding health insurance to most of the 43 million Americans now without coverage. After months of `bipartisan hearings,' on health care reform, no Democrats endorsed the Boehner program. 

Healthcare Industry Earnings Up 15.3% in 1st Quarter 1999, June 8, 1999

HealthCare Markets Group released today its first quarter 1999 analysis of the financial performance of publicly traded healthcare companies. First quarter 1998 Healthcare Industry adjusted earnings increased 15.3 percent, on 14 percent revenue growth. By way of comparison, fourth quarter 1998 Healthcare Industry adjusted earnings increased 21 percent, on 16.3 percent revenue growth, and third quarter 1998 Healthcare Industry adjusted earnings increased 14 percent over third quarter 1997, on a 14.3 percent increase in revenue.

2009

Pfizer exec reinforces company's generic drug plan, June 10, 2009

The Associated Press reports that an executive at Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday the drug developer will focus on expanding its portfolio of generic drugs in order boost sales and build its position in that market.

Cigna's drug unit could fetch $1.3 billion-analyst, June 10, 2009

Reuters reports that Cigna Corp's pharmacy benefit unit could fetch $1.3 billion in a sale, an industry analyst said on Wednesday, as the health insurer's top executive reiterated the company is evaluating the business 

2014

Mixed Bag for Health Co-Ops, June 12, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports: Many of the nonprofit health-insurance cooperatives created by the Affordable Care Act have enrolled far fewer people than they had hoped, according to figures obtained by a Republican-led House committee, calling into question their viability. 

Hospitals Push Bundled Care as the Billing Plan of the Future, June 8, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reports: Hospital bills may soon get a lot simpler. Traditionally, hospitals have charged patients separately for every service and supply they use-as anybody who has waded through pages of charges knows.

Friday
Jun072019

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:

Why Some CEOs Figure ‘Medicare For All’ Is Good For Business 

Walk into a big-box retailer such as Walmart or Michaels and you’re likely to see MCS Industries’ picture frames, decorative mirrors or kitschy wall décor.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, June 7, 2019

U.S. Records 1,000th Case of Measles, Officials Blame Misinformation for Outbreak

The United States has recorded 1,001 measles cases so far this year in the worst outbreak of the highly contagious disease in more than a quarter-century, federal health officials said on Wednesday as they issued a new plea for parents to vaccinate their children.

NY Times

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Growing Hack of Health-Care Data Gets Scrutiny From Congress

A hack of health-care data involving a medical bill collector and two major diagnostics companies has grown to almost 20 million people, and is now attracting more questions from key members of Congress.

Bloomberg

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CVS to expand health hubs to 1,500 stores by end of 2021

CVS Health Corp said it would offer expanded health services such as nutrition counseling and blood pressure screenings in 1,500 stores by the end of 2021, following through on plans announced during the pharmacy chain’s 2018 acquisition of health insurer Aetna.

Reuters

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Supreme Court rules against Obama-era provision on Medicare reimbursements 

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that an Obama-era rule change on how Medicare reimbursements to hospitals are made should be removed because officials did not follow the proper notice and comment regulations in implementing the formula.

The Hill

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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
May312019

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:

 

Prescription Drug Spending Varies by Private, Public Payers

Total prescription drug spending reached $333 million in 2017, but the way that lump sum was divided among Medicare, Medicaid, and employer-sponsored health plans may reveal differences between the populations each payer covers, according to a May analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

HealthPayer Intelligence

Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

Executive order may leave out disclosure of negotiated rates

After intense opposition from health care stakeholders, sources say language calling for disclosure of rates negotiated between insurers and health care providers could be dropped from the final version of a Trump administration executive order on health care price transparency that is expected to be announced by mid-June.

Washington Post

Thursday, May 30, 2019

 

Report from The Leapfrog Group Finds Only 1 in 5 U.S. Hospitals Fully Meet Payor Standards for Maternity Care

The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality, today released its 2019 Maternity Care Report.

The Leapfrog Group

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

5 names to know at Facebook: the people behind its push into health care

When it comes to building out a health business, Facebook is often seen as having much more modest ambitions than its Big Tech competitors.

Stat News

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

J&J's Greed Helped Spawn Opioid Epidemic Oklahoma’s AG Argues

Johnson & Johnson’s greed for more sales of its addictive opioid painkillers helped create a deadly epidemic in Oklahoma that claimed thousands of lives, and the company should pay billions of dollars as compensation, the state’s top law-enforcement officer told a judge.

Bloomberg

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 

 

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
May242019

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:

House leaders propose restructuring Medicare Part D

U.S. House of Representatives health committee leaders have drafted new reforms to Medicare Part D as Congress prepares for a final legislative sprint on drug pricing.

Modern Healthcare

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package

A sweeping draft legislative package from the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Health Committee seeks to lower health care costs by addressing surprise medical bills and adding transparency to drug prices, among other provisions.

The Hill

Friday, May 24, 2019

CBO: Medicare for All gives 'many more' coverage but 'potentially disruptive'

Experts from Congress’s nonpartisan budget office testified Wednesday that a single-payer health care system would result in “many more” people with health insurance but would also be “potentially disruptive” and increase government control.

The Hill

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states

The number of measles cases in the United States climbed again this week, bringing the number to 880 cases across 24 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Hill

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle with Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

Polling by NPR finds that while rural Americans are mostly satisfied with life, there is a strong undercurrent of financial insecurity that can create very serious problems for many people living in rural communities.

NPR

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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.