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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.

 
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
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.

 

 
Friday
Apr202018

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:

 

Top News From the Past Week as reported from key news services, and compiled by MCOL

Opioid prescriptions fell 10 percent last year, study says

Prescriptions for opioids fell sharply last year, the steepest drop in the amount of painkillers dispensed to patients in 25 years, according to a report from IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, the research arm of a health-care data firm.

The Washington Post

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Congress Urged To Cut Medicare Payments To Many Stand-Alone ERs

The woman arrived at the emergency department gasping for air, her severe emphysema causing such shortness of breath that the physician who examined her put her on a ventilator immediately to help her breathe.

Kaiser Health News

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

1.7 million people could be impacted by Medicaid work requirements in 10 states

About 1.7 million Medicaid beneficiaries could be impacted by work requirement proposals in 10 states, according to new report released Monday from the PwC Health Research Institute.

The Hill

Monday, April 16, 2018

CVS Rallies After Amazon Report

CVS Health Corp., along with rival drugstores and drug distributors, rallied after a report that Amazon.com Inc. had shelved plans to sell drugs to hospitals and other businesses.

Bloomberg

Monday, April 16, 2018

New Medicaid Requirements Signals Trump Crackdown On Public Assistance Programs

Michel Martin speaks to Diane Rowland from The Kaiser Family Foundation about a new order from President Trump to establish work requirements for recipients of Medicaid and other federal benefits.

NPR

Sunday, April 15, 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
Apr132018

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:

 

More Americans Choose a Health Savings Account with a High Deductible Plan for Their Financial Security

Approximately 22 million Americans have chosen a health savings account (HSA) coupled with a high deductible health plan (HDHP), according to a new survey from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

AHIP

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Drug executives to testify before Congress about their role in U.S. opioid crisis

Current and former executives with the pharmaceutical distributors that are accused of flooding communities with powerful prescription painkillers have been summoned to testify before Congress about their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic.

The Washington Post

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why America's physician shortage could top 120k by 2030

The U.S. could face a shortage of more than 121,000 physicians by 2030, according to updated data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The estimate is higher than AAMC's 2030 projections published last year.

Becker's Hospital Review

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

JP Morgan: Value-Based Care Will Guide Amazon, Berkshire Work

Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway will build their new company upon best practices in value-based care, including improving preventive care and managing member costs through data sharing, said JP Morgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon in an investor letter.

HealthPayer Intelligence

Monday, April 9, 2018

Medicaid patients have better access to care than uninsured

Medicaid enrollees have better access to medical care than people who are uninsured, according to a new insurance industry study that refutes critics who say patients are better off without the government program for the poor.

Washington Examiner

Monday, April 9, 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.