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How much do air ambulances charge private insurers? More than four times Medicare rates, study finds.

July 10, 2019


Charges for air ambulance services in 2016 were more than four times higher than the rate Medicare paid to transport patients via airplane or helicopter, according to a study recently published in Health Affairs.

Trump admin can't force drugmakers to reveal prices in TV ads, judge rules

July 9, 2019


A federal judge on Monday struck down HHS' final rule to require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements, blocking the rule from taking effect on Tuesday.

FDA approved a record number of fast-tracked drugs in 2018. Is that good news for patients?

July 9, 2019


FDA approved a record high of 43 drugs through fast-track programs in 2018, representing 73% of new drugs approved by the agency last year and establishing a "new normal" that "is transforming medical decision-making for the seriously ill," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Pricing tools can save patients thousands of dollars. So why do so few providers use them?

July 9, 2019


While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.

Trump says admin will continue fight to add citizenship question to census

July 8, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said his administration will move forward with a plan to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census survey, which states and cities fear could threaten federal Medicaid funding, even though the Department of Commerce last week announced that it had started printing census surveys without the question.

Warren calls on Gottlieb to resign from Pfizer's board

July 3, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday called on former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to resign from his new post on Pfizer's board of directors, saying Gottlieb's decision to take the position "smacks of corruption."

What New Hampshire has learned from requiring hospitals to publish their prices

July 2, 2019


President Trump last week signed a controversial executive order directing HHS to require hospitals across the country to disclose the negotiated payment rates they set with health insurers, but New Hampshire's experience with a price transparency site suggests the practice might not lead to major savings.

HHS delays implementation of 'conscience protection' rule

July 2, 2019


HHS in a court filing Saturday said it is delaying implementation of a rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019


FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

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