Entries in Current News (14)

Friday
Mar172017

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:

 

GOP’s 3-Bucket Strategy To Repeal And Replace Health Law Is Springing Leaks

Kaiser Health News reports: Republicans in Washington working to overhaul the Affordable Care Act say their strategy consists of “three buckets.” But it appears that all three may be leaking.

 

Price dodges on Medicaid rollback, immunization

Politico reports: Confronted by Medicaid recipients during a televised town hall event on CNN, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price offered few details Wednesday when asked to explain the reasoning behind the GOP's plan to roll back the health care program.

 

GOP Health Bill Narrowly Clears House Budget Committee

Morning Consult reports: The House Budget Committee on Thursday narrowly advanced the Republican health care bill to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act, with three Republicans voting against the measure.

 

By The Numbers: Trump’s Choice For FDA Chief Is Versatile, Entrenched In Pharma

Kaiser Health News reports: President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration has deep ties to the pharmaceutical industry as a consultant, investor and board member. Scott Gottlieb, 44, also has worn many hats in a career that included two previous stints at the FDA, practicing as a physician, and writer/editor roles at prestigious medical journals.

 

Deciphering CBO’s Estimates On The GOP Health Bill

Kaiser Health News reports: The Congressional Budget Office is out with its estimate of what effects the Republican health bill, “The American Health Care Act,” would have on the nation’s health care system and how much it would cost the federal government. The GOP plan is designed to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed during the Obama administration.

 

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
Mar102017

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:

 

To Save On Drug Costs, Insurer Wants To Steer You To ‘Preferred’ Pharmacies

Kaiser Health News reports: One of California’s largest insurers has proposed a change in the benefits of commercial plans next year that would require consumers to pay more for drugs at pharmacies outside an established network.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, March 10, 2017

 

What Hospitals Waste

ProPublica reports: Just outside Portland, Maine, there’s a 15,000-square-foot warehouse that’s packed with reasons the U.S. health care system costs so much: Shelves climb floor to ceiling, stacked with tubs overflowing with unopened packages of syringes, diabetes supplies and shiny surgical instruments that run hundreds of dollars apiece.

ProPublica

Thursday, March 9, 2017

 

Ryan brings out slideshow to sell GOP healthcare bill

The Hill reports: Jacket off and sleeves rolled up, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday ditched the podium and delivered a 25-minute TED Talk-like presentation on why the new GOP health bill represents the best, and perhaps only, chance to repeal ObamaCare.

The Hill

Thursday, March 9, 2017

 

Lawmakers take up Obamacare revision without an independent scorekeeper

The Washington Post reports: Two committees in the Republican-led House have begun drafting sweeping health legislation without the benefit of an objective estimate of its impact from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) — a reckless move, critics say, considering that they are dealing with the well-being of tens of millions of Americans and an industry that accounts for close to one-fifth of the economy.

The Washington Post

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 

Three Key Senators Ask GAO to Investigate Possible Abuses Of The Orphan Drug Act

Kaiser Health News reports: Building on weeks of mounting pressure to address high prescription drug prices, three influential U.S. senators have asked the government’s accountability arm to investigate potential abuses of the Orphan Drug Act.

Kaiser Health News

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 

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
Mar032017

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’s nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid advances

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid won committee approval Thursday, clearing her for a final floor vote in the Senate.

AP via The Washington Post, March 2, 2017

 

Faring Better Than Many ACA Insurers, Molina Backs Health Law ‘Tuneup’

Kaiser Health News reports: Some large health insurance companies have suffered losses under the Affordable Care Act, leading to a few high-profile exits from the online marketplaces. Humana is just the latest, announcing in January that it will stop offering health insurance on the ACA health exchanges at year’s end.

Kaiser Health News,  March 2, 2017

 

High-Risk Pools Another Sticking Point Among Republicans

Morning Consult reports: Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday expressed opposition to House GOP leaders’ plan to cover people with pre-existing conditions, highlighting another division that Republicans must overcome to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Morning Consult, March 1, 2017

 

Insurers pay twice as much as hospitals for hip and knee implants

Stat News reports: Imagine this: You go to buy a car, but you don’t know who makes it, how other customers feel it’s performing, or how its price compares to other cars in its class.

Stat New, February 28, 2017

 

Hospitals, Both Rural And Urban, Dread Losing Ground With Health Law Repeal

Kaiser Health News reports: More than a year ago, she lost her job at a nearby rural hospital after it closed and, as Republicans work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, wonders whether she’ll soon be out of work again.

Kaiser Health News, February 28, 2017

 

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
Feb172017

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 nominee breezes through confirmation hearing

The Hill reports: President Trump's pick to lead the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) cruised through her confirmation hearing Thursday, though Democrats showed frustration at her refusal to offer specifics.

The Hill

Thursday, February 16, 2017

 

The IRS Has Just Made Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Optional

The Fiscal Times reports: When President Trump signed an executive order shortly after taking office designed to weaken the Affordable Care Act, some questioned whether the instructions to federal agencies to look for ways to ease the law’s burden on businesses and individuals would have any real bite.

The Fiscal Times

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

Amid Obamacare uncertainty, insurance giant Humana plans to leave marketplaces in 2018

Los Angeles Times reports: Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest health insurers, will stop selling Obamacare health plans next year, the company announced Tuesday. The move threatens to rattle jittery insurance markets and further complicate Republicans’ push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

LA Times

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 

Aetna, Humana end $34 billion merger agreement

CNBC reports: Aetna and rival Humana are terminating their merger, after their $34 billion deal was blocked by a federal court on antitrust grounds. Aetna will pay Humana a $1 billion break-up fee, in accordance with the agreement.

CNBC

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

 

Drugmaker Marathon ‘Pausing’ Delivery Of $89,000-A-Year Muscular Dystrophy Drug

Kaiser Health News reports: In a surprise move Monday, Marathon Pharmaceuticals told patient advocates that it would “pause” the launch of its drug Emflaza because of pricing concerns expressed by patients and advocacy groups.

Kaiser Health News

Monday, February 13, 2017

 

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
Feb102017

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:

Tom Price Is Confirmed as Health Secretary

The New York Times reports: The Senate early Friday approved the nomination of Representative Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, putting him in charge of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

The New York Times

Friday, February 10, 2017

Obama’s Drug Czar: The Opioid Crisis Must Continue To Be A Federal Priority

Kaiser Health News reports: The GOP is working to repeal and replace the 2010 health law, known for insuring more than 20 million people. And the change could affect another health concern: the nation’s opioid abuse problem.

Kaiser Health News

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Judge, Citing Harm To Customers, Blocks $48 Billion Anthem-Cigna Merger

The New York Times reports: The ruling, by Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, came two weeks after another federal judge blocked a proposed $37 billion merger between Aetna and Humana on antitrust grounds. Judge Jackson wrote in her order that she found the Justice Department’s arguments against the deal persuasive, and that putting Anthem and Cigna together would harm customers.

NY Times

Thursday, February 9, 2017

How Would Republican Plans for Medicaid Block Grants Actually Work?

The New York Times reports: There are only so many ways to cut Medicaid spending. You can reduce the number of people covered. You can reduce the benefit coverage. You can also pay less for those benefits and get doctors and hospitals to accept less in reimbursement. Or you can ask beneficiaries to pay more.

NY Times

Monday, February 6, 2017

Trump Says Health Law Replacement May Not Be Ready Until Next Year

The New York Times reports: President Trump said in an interview that aired on Sunday that a replacement health care law was not likely to be ready until either the end of this year or in 2018, a major shift from promises by both him and Republican leaders to repeal and replace the law as soon as possible.

NY Times

Sunday, February 5, 2017

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.