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Your iPhone might be secretly sharing private health data with Facebook

March 1, 2019

At least six of the top 15 health and fitness apps in Apple's App Store have been sharing sensitive health information with Facebook—even if the user is not connected to Facebook, and often without disclosing their data-sharing practices, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.

In the states: CMS OKs Colorado's value-based drug pricing plan, New Mexico lawmakers propose Medicaid buy-in option, and more

March 1, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

The Trump admin wants to expand HSAs. Here's how.

February 28, 2019

Trump administration officials on Wednesday said the administration is considering proposals that would expand the use of health savings accounts.

How pharma execs are proposing to lower Rx drug costs. (Hint: It's not by lowering their prices.)

February 27, 2019

Pharmaceutical company executives during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday offered some ideas for lowering prescription drug prices insurers and consumers pay, though they did not commit to lowering the list prices of their products.

Drug ads might be downplaying risks—and federal rules could be to blame

February 27, 2019

Federal law requires drugmakers to include both major and minor side effects in advertisements, but a study suggests that the information could be overwhelming and interfere with a consumer's understanding of a drug's true risk.

Are you trying to become pregnant? For many women, the answer is, 'I'm not sure.'

February 27, 2019

New CDC data suggest that around one in five women in developed countries are uncertain about whether they desire pregnancy and motherhood—and that is changing the way providers talk to patients about pregnancy.

Final rule could bar abortion providers from receiving Title X family planning funds

February 26, 2019

The Trump administration on Friday finalized a rule that bars abortion providers and clinics that refer non-emergent patients for abortion care from receiving Title X Family Planning grants, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) on Monday said he will file a lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rule from taking effect while the lawsuit proceeds.

When your employer gives you a Fitbit, who owns the data?

February 26, 2019

An increasing number of employers are offering wearables like Fitbits or Apple Watches to their employees in an effort to help workers lead healthier lives, but some experts are raising concerns about how employees' health data could be used.

CMS will resume terminating low-performing MA, Part D plans

February 26, 2019

CMS said it could terminate Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans that have failed to receive a summary quality rating of at least three stars for three consecutive years.

There have been up to 22,300 flu-related deaths so far this season, CDC data show

February 26, 2019

Between 17.7 million and 20.4 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to a CDC report updated Friday.

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