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Why some are hopeful—and others skeptical—about Gawande at Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan

June 22, 2018

Since news broke that Atul Gawande will lead the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase health care venture, stakeholders have offered predictions about how Gawande will approach the job—with some applauding the pick and others questioning whether the respected surgeon and thought leader has the business acumen the job might demand.

Employer medical cost growth is flat. But it's still unsustainable, PwC report finds.

June 22, 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute finds the expected 2019 cost trend for the employer-sponsored health coverage population is in line with the 5.5% to 7% increases seen over the past five years, but remains "unsustainably high," leading to consumers paying larger portions of their medical costs.

Why health care stakeholders are worried about private equity deals

June 21, 2018

American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny says, "We have to decide whether the goal of a health care system is to increase profits, because private equity firms are selecting those parts of health care where they can see a profit because their goal is to make profit."

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018

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."

Fewer than 10% of US adults receive these 15 evidence-backed preventive treatments

June 18, 2018

A study suggests that less than 10% of U.S. adults ages 35 and older receive all of the preventive care that an expert panel identified as being evidence-backed and clinically relevant.

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018

The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

A judge just approved the $85B AT&T-Time Warner deal. What does that mean for health care's mega-mergers?

June 15, 2018

Experts say a federal judge's approval of a merger between AT&T and Time Warner could mean the Department of Justice will be less likely to successfully challenge the proposed merger between Aetna and CVS Health, as well as the proposed merger between Cigna and Express Scripts.

Azar: The 'massive' Rx drug price cuts pledged by Trump aren't coming yet

June 13, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar in testimony appears to walk back President Trump's comments regarding looming prescription drug price cuts—and continues his criticism of proposals to import drugs from other countries.

House passes bill with $5B VA funding boost

June 12, 2018

The legislation—which would allocate a total of $144.5 billion to fund federal energy programs, the government's legislative branch, military projects, and Veterans Affairs—now heads to the Senate.

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