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AHL feature: Rx drug prices are causing ‘financial toxicity.’ Here’s how to address it.

October 19, 2017

Prescription drug prices continue to rise placing an increasing financial burden on patients and families—but industry experts outline three key steps providers can take to ease out-of-pocket costs for patients and reduce uncompensated care costs.

States file emergency motion to reinstate CSR payments

October 19, 2017

Nearly 20 attorneys generals in the motion say a temporary restraining order "is necessary by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2017, to prevent immediate and irreparable harm to the … [s]tates and the millions of Americans who benefit from affordable health care coverage under the [Affordable Care Act]."

VA proposes bill to overhaul Veterans Choice Program

October 19, 2017

The draft bill, called the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, aims to improve health care quality and access for veterans by building on Veterans Affairs' existing community care programs and offering veterans greater flexibility to choose where they receive care.

At hearing, sens. call for action to curb rising Rx drug prices

October 19, 2017

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) says, "We have to make more progress to get at the root of the problem facing patients, which is the high prices set by drug manufacturers."

Anthem to launch PBM in a partnership with CVS Health

October 19, 2017

Anthem says it has signed a five-year contract to partner with CVS Health to launch its own pharmacy-benefit manager after its contract with Express Scripts expires at the end of 2019.

Does DOJ have the tools to fight opioid misuse? Officials are going to find out.

October 19, 2017

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says the Department of Justice is going to review whether current laws give the department enough power to curb the epidemic, following a "60 Minutes" and Washington Post investigation that found a 2016 law hinders the Drug Enforcement Administration's efforts to curb the amount of prescription painkillers distributed in the United States.

How providers across disciplines are collaborating to improve diagnostic testing

October 19, 2017

Medicare in January 2019 is expected to start requiring physicians to use qualified clinical decision-support tools when ordering advanced diagnostic imaging services, and in response, several health systems have implemented new approaches to ordering such scans.

Dignity, Sutter, and other hospital systems take on housing the homeless

October 19, 2017

The Corporation for Supportive Housing, a proponent and lender for homeless housing initiatives, says hospital systems have invested between $75 million and $100 million in housing programs over the last several years.

How to avoid the 'Million-Dollar Patient'? Mobile clinics.

October 19, 2017

Mobile clinics increasingly are seen as an efficient way to curb avoidable emergency department use, which could help the health care industry curb overall costs.

Inside the Senate's bipartisan ACA deal

October 18, 2017

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are proposing a short-term, bipartisan plan to bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchanges—though it remains to be seen whether the bill will get enough support to pass in the House and Senate.

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