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Will eliminating Rx rebates lower costs? Probably not, CBO says.

May 6, 2019


The United States' total prescription drug costs are not expected to decrease if CMS finalizes a rule designed to prohibit drugmakers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Thursday.

How Northwestern Memorial doubled its ED capacity without expanding

May 6, 2019


By installing examination cubicles in its emergency department, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has upped its capacity without having to undergo an expansion.

HHS finalizes 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 3, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to certain medical care, including abortion care and assisted death.

What's behind 'the epidemic of overtreatment'? Blame medical training.

May 3, 2019


Overtreatment is a pervasive problem in U.S. medicine, and some research suggests that the practice roots itself in doctors' habits early in their medical careers, according to Mara Gordon, a family physician.

In the states: DC hospital closes after 158 years, Vermont stops approving new AHPs, and more

May 3, 2019


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

The risks (and opportunities) of a single-payer health system, according to CBO

May 2, 2019


Transitioning the United States to a single-payer, government-run health care system would be "complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive," but could lead to universal coverage and a more efficient health system, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

Inside the first congressional hearing on 'Medicare for All' in 10 years

May 1, 2019


During a House Committee on Rules hearing Tuesday, health care experts shared how they would approach implementing so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals and discussed the potential costs of moving the United States to a single-payer, government-run health system.

The 10-year feud between UPMC and Highmark is coming to a head—and it could have national implications

May 1, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court next month will hear arguments on the state's efforts to force UPMC and Highmark Health to extend their contracts, in the latest development in "one of the fiercest health care fights in the country," according to Fortune.

House panel releases FY 2020 HHS spending bill with $50M for gun violence research

April 30, 2019


The House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft HHS spending bill for fiscal year 2020 that calls for a total of $99 billion in funding for HHS, including $50 million in funding for research on gun violence—which, if enacted, would mark the first time an HHS appropriations bill would fund gun violence research since 1996.

What the US can (and can't) learn from Singapore’s celebrated health system

April 30, 2019


Singapore's health care system is considered "an example of excellence," according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, but a recent visit revealed why U.S. residents might not be able to use the health system as "a possible model for" its own innovation.

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