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Friday
Apr282017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

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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:

 

U.S. appeals court blocks Anthem bid to merge with rival Cigna

A U.S. appeals court blocked health insurer Anthem Inc's (ANTM.N) bid to merge with Cigna (CI.N) on Friday, upholding a lower court's decision that the $54 billion deal should not be allowed because it would lead to higher prices for healthcare. Reuters April 28, 2017

 

4 key questions surrounding Obamacare repeal

House Republicans are mounting yet another effort to tear down Obamacare and remake the health care system — but the path to delivering on one of the GOP's longest-standing priorities remains complicated and fraught with uncertainty. Politico April 27, 2017

 

Amid budget talks, White House says it will continue ACA subsidies

The White House on Wednesday pledged to continue payments critical to the success of Affordable Care Act exchanges, Politico reports. The pledge will come as a relief to insurers and providers after the administration’s earlier indication that it might withhold payments as a bargaining chip in this week’s budget negotiations.

Stat News April 26, 2017

 

PBM Express Scripts loses biggest client Anthem

Express Scripts said Monday that its biggest client, Anthem, will not renew its contract with the pharmacy benefit manager after the current agreement expires at the end of 2019.

Modern Healthcare April 24, 2017

 

Health Care In America: An Employment Bonanza And A Runaway-Cost Crisis

In many ways, the health care industry has been a great friend to the U.S. economy. Its plentiful jobs helped lift the country out of the Great Recession and, partly due to the Affordable Care Act, it now employs 1 in 9 Americans — up from 1 in 12 in 2000.

Kaiser Health News April 24, 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
Apr212017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

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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:

 

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. AP News. Friday, April 21, 2017

 

How G.O.P. in 2 States Coaxed the Health Law to Success or Crisis

In Oklahoma, which has raged against the Affordable Care Act, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has one of the lowest average premium costs. The New York Times. Friday, April 21, 2017

 

White House pressures GOP leaders on Obamacare showdown next week

A frantic and impatient White House is pressuring House GOP leaders for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week so it can notch a legislative win before President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. Politico. Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

Sen. Grassley Demands Scrutiny Of Medicare Advantage Plans

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants federal health officials to tighten scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage health plans amid ongoing concern that insurers overbill the government by billions of dollars every year. Kaiser Health News. Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 

G.O.P. Bill Would Make Medical Malpractice Suits Harder to Win

Low-income people and older Americans would find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries caused by medical malpractice or defective drugs or medical devices under a bill drafted by House Republicans as part of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The New York Times. Saturday, April 15, 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
Apr142017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

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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:

 

Bipartisan Senate Bill Takes Step Against Opioid Epidemic

Morning Consult reports: A bipartisan Senate bill unveiled Thursday would impose strict limits on some opioid prescriptions, a small tweak to federal law that is part of an ongoing effort in Congress to curb overuse of the drugs. Morning Consult. Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

States Moving More Medicaid Patients To Managed Care

Private health insurance companies stand to reap a bigger share of the Medicaid business as states deal with budget shortfalls and increased spending on medical care. Forbes. Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Trump Signs Law Giving States Option To Deny Funding For Planned Parenthood

President Trump quietly signed legislation Thursday that rolls back an Obama-era rule protecting certain federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide legal abortions. NPR. Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Trump administration issues final rule on stricter Obamacare enrollment

The Trump administration on Thursday issued a final rule that will shorten the Obamacare enrollment period and give insurers more of what they say they need in the individual insurance market, likely making it harder for some consumers to purchase insurance, healthcare experts said. Reuters. Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

Repeal, Replace … Revise: Your Guide To How A Trump Proposal Might Change ACA Insurance

Repeal and replace is on-again, off-again, but that doesn’t mean the rules affecting your insurance will remain unchanged. The Trump administration’s proposed rule aimed at stabilizing the health law’s insurance marketplace could have rapid, dramatic effects on people who do not get insurance through work and buy it on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Kaiser Health News. Thursday, April 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
Mar312017

Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

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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:

 

No Obamacare cease-fire in red states

The epic collapse of the Obamacare repeal bill created an odd opportunity for 19 states that have long shunned Medicaid expansion. Politico, Friday, March 31, 2017

 

Pence breaks tie, allowing Senate to revoke Obama order on abortion provider funding

Vice President Mike Pence returned to the Senate Thursday afternoon -- the second time in one day -- to cast a tie-breaking vote on legislation to undo an Obama-era regulation on funding for abortion providers. The Hill, Thursday, March 30, 2017

 

House GOP Weighing Another Try on Obamacare Vote Next Week

House Republicans are considering making another run next week at passing the health-care bill they abruptly pulled from the floor in an embarrassing setback to their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Bloomberg, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

 

Senators Demand Answers About Possible Probe Of HHS Secretary Price

Nine senators are pushing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reveal what he knows about a reported investigation into Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s stock trades that a top federal prosecutor might have begun before being fired by the Trump administration this month. Kaiser Health News, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

 

Justice Department Joins Lawsuit Alleging Massive Medicare Fraud By UnitedHealth

The Justice Department has joined a California whistleblower’s lawsuit that accuses insurance giant UnitedHealth Group of fraud in its popular Medicare Advantage health plans. Kaiser Health News Tuesday, March 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
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.