Atul Gawande—a prominent surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital who is widely viewed as an expert on patient safety—will lead the new Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase health care venture.
The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.
American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."
The plan would redirect Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to states through block grants, repeal many of the ACA's consumer protections, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow insurers to give discounts to consumers who are young or maintain continuous coverage.
The World Health Organization releases a draft of its latest International Classification of Diseases—a compendium of about 55,000 unique codes for causes of death, diseases, and injuries.