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HHS wants to fix kidney care system that 'pays for sickness rather than health,' Azar says

March 6, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is looking to change how Medicare pays for dialysis treatments and to increase the number of kidneys that are available for transplant.

Eli Lilly will launch half-priced version of popular insulin drug

March 4, 2019

Amid growing scrutiny over rising insulin prices, Eli Lilly on Monday announced it will sell a generic version of its Humalog insulin injection at a list price 50% lower than Humalog's current price.

Where Hickenlooper, the latest Democrat to announce he's running for president, stands on health care

March 4, 2019

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who in 2017 gained national attention for releasing a bipartisan health reform proposal, on Monday announced that he is joining the various candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Inslee joins swath of Democrats seeking presidency. Here's his record on health care.

March 1, 2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Friday announced he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination with a campaign focused on climate change, which he said "touches the heart of things so many of us care about: our jobs, our health, our safety and our children's future."

The US has stopped making progress on HIV, CDC says

March 1, 2019

The United States' progress on reducing new HIV infections has stalled, with new infections hovering at about 39,000 new infections annually since 2013, according to a CDC report released this week—but CDC officials say President Trump's recently unveiled plan to eliminate new HIV infections could restart that progress.

Why have insulin prices spiked? These senators are demanding to know.

March 1, 2019

Leaders on the Senate Finance Committee last week launched a bipartisan investigation into rising insulin prices in the United States, noting concerns about patients' access to the life-saving drug.

How Cleveland Clinic is getting cancer patients from diagnosis to treatment 33% faster

March 1, 2019

Cleveland Clinic has cut the time between a cancer patients initial diagnosis and first treatment by 33% since it launched targeted, multidisciplinary programs five years ago, Alok Khorana, the vice chair of clinical services for Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute, and Brian Bolwell, chair of the Taussig Cancer Institute, write in NEJM Catalyst.

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.

This 21-year-old can't get life-saving surgery—because her records are trapped in a defunct EHR

February 26, 2019

Two Arizona-based hospitals last year filed for bankruptcy and closed, leaving behind a slew of unpaid bills that locked the hospitals' electronic health record systems and left patients like Caitlin Secrist struggling to gain access to medical records needed for a life-saving surgery.

Democrats urge Trump admin to stop approving Medicaid work requirements

February 25, 2019

Citing the more than 18,000 Arkansas residents who have lost coverage because of the state's Medicaid work requirements, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) in a letter sent Tuesday asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar to ensure the Trump administration does not approve new state Medicaid work requirement requests.

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