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The case for treating antibiotic resistance as a national security problem

November 14, 2018

Many of the antibiotics people use today could become ineffective within three decades, and experts predict there will be few replacements unless major changes are made to the research and development process.

How one community hospital has remained independent for nearly a decade

November 14, 2018

Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicago nearly a decade ago took a risk and separated from Ascension to strike out on its own—and so far the hospital largely has been able to stay in the black.

Jury orders Aetna to pay $25.5M over 'reckless' coverage denial for cancer treatment

November 13, 2018

An Oklahoma jury has decided that Aetna acted recklessly when it declined to cover proton beam therapy for a now-deceased enrollee with a rare cancer, but Aetna says it is considering appealing the verdict.

Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Here's why.

November 12, 2018

A recent study suggests black women are less likely to adhere to long-term breast cancer treatment than white women, and Niasha Fray—a black woman who used to help others stick to their treatment regimens—is now experiencing the hardship firsthand as a breast cancer patient herself.

How CMS wants to streamline Medicaid managed care regulations

November 9, 2018

CMS has issued a new proposed rule intended to give states more flexibility in how they oversee Medicaid managed care plans and make changes to network-adequacy standards for such plans.

What drove the 300% rise in insulin prices (and how to reverse it)

November 7, 2018

Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), co-chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, in a report say payment incentives, outdated patent regulations, and other factors have allowed drugmakers to increase the price of insulin by nearly 300% from 2002 to 2013.

A new opioid is coming to the US market despite concerns it could worsen the epidemic

November 5, 2018

FDA’s decision to approve a fast-acting, highly potent opioid tablet to serve as an alternative to IV painkillers typically used in hospitals is drawing concerns from some experts who say the drug could intensify the opioid misuse epidemic.

In the states: Idaho Gov. backs Medicaid expansion, Washington to restrict sales of short-term health plans, and more

November 2, 2018

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

How CMS wants to expand telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans

October 30, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the agency's newly proposed rule "would give Medicare Advantage plans more flexibility to innovate in response to patients' needs" by "allow[ing] additional telehealth benefits, which will promote access to care in a more convenient and cost-effective manner for patients."

The 100 cities 'getting health care right,' according to Healthgrades

October 29, 2018

Healthgrades' latest National Health Index lists the 100 cities in the United States that are "getting health care right."

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