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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:

Scott Gottlieb walks through the revolving door to the Pfizer board

After a two-year stint running the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb has joined the board of directors at Pfizer, giving the world’s largest drug maker crucial insights into the inner workings of the Trump administration as it attempts to contain national angst over the rising cost of medicines.

Stat News

Friday, June 28, 2019

Five Things We Found In The FDA’s Hidden Device Database

After two decades of keeping the public in the dark about millions of medical device malfunctions and injuries, the Food and Drug Administration has published the once hidden database online, revealing 5.7 million incidents publicly for the first time.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Senate health committee may change surprise billing proposals ahead of floor vote

The Senate health committee approved its major healthcare package on Wednesday, but with one change to the proposed ban on surprise medical billing and potentially more to come ahead of a full Senate vote expected later this month.

Modern Healthcare

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In first 2020 debate, Democrats escalate their attacks on pharma and its high prices

Democrats demonized the pharmaceutical industry throughout the first primary debate of the 2020 presidential election, racing to prove their status as the candidate most willing to “take on pharma.”

Stat News

Thursday, June 27, 2019

At AHIP19, a call to 'break glass' to survive fast-changing industry

A panel of top executives, including a major provider, payer and former CMS chief opened America's Health Insurance Plan's annual meeting with some soul searching and a call for the industry to disrupt itself.

Healthcare Dive

Monday, June 24, 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.

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