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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
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
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.

Friday
May172019

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:

As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave Against Medical Advice

Emergency room patients increasingly leave California hospitals against medical advice, and experts say crowded ERs are likely to blame.

Kaiser Health News

Friday, May 17, 2019

CMS takes aim at spread pricing in Medicaid managed care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an information bulletin (PDF) on the calculations for a Medicaid managed care plan’s medical loss ratio, as the agency is concerned insurers aren’t accurately including pharmacy benefit manager spread pricing in those calculations.

Fierce Healthcare

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Will Washington State's New 'Public Option' Plan Reduce Health Care Costs? 

Millions of Americans who buy individual health insurance, and don't qualify for a federal subsidy, have been hit with sticker shock in recent years.

NPR

Friday, May 17, 2019

Low-rated US hospitals are deadlier due to mistakes, botched surgery, infections 

Patients' risk of dying from medical mistakes, deadly infections and safety lapses have gotten much worse at the lowest ranked U.S. hospitals, underscoring Americans' need to check ratings of their local hospitals, new research released Wednesday shows.

USA Today

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Walmart Charts New Course By Steering Workers To High-Quality Imaging Centers 

Walmart Inc., the nation’s largest private employer, is worried that too many of its workers are having health conditions misdiagnosed, leading to unnecessary surgery and wasted health spending.

Kaiser Health News

Wednesday, May 15, 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
May032019

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:

Most Americans grateful for their job's health coverage, but still struggle with healthcare costs

Most people with employer-sponsored insurance are generally happy with their health plans, but many still struggle with healthcare affordability, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation/Los Angeles Times survey.

Becker's Hospital Review

Friday, May 3, 2019

Insys’s John Kapoor Is First CEO Convicted of Opioid Racketeering

Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor was convicted of a racketeering conspiracy that drove sales of a highly addictive opioid while contributing to a nationwide epidemic.

Bloomberg

Friday, May 3, 2019

Budget office: Caveats to government-run health system

Congressional budget experts said Wednesday that moving to a government-run health care system like “Medicare for All” could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans.

AP News

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks

Toward the end of 2018, the Trump administration seemed to be marching briskly toward its goal of requiring able-bodied adults in Medicaid to prove they had jobs to participate in the public health plan for the poor.

Pew Trust

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Officials declare measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest over

A measles outbreak that sickened more than 70 people, mostly children, in the Pacific Northwest is finally over even as the total number of cases nationwide continues to spike to near-record levels, officials said Monday.

AP News

Tuesday, April 30, 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.