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The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018


From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Medicare Part A, Part B premiums will increase slightly in 2019, CMS says

October 16, 2018


CMS says premium rates and deductibles for seniors enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B will be slightly higher in 2019 than they were this year.

CMS: Medicare Advantage beneficiaries enrolled in top-rated plans will rise in 2019

October 15, 2018


CMS estimates that 74% of Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage will be enrolled in MA plans with four- or five-star ratings for 2019, up from 73% in 2018.

Trump bashes Medicare-for-All in USA Today. (But fact-checkers argue he made these 5 misleading claims.)

October 11, 2018


President Trump in a USA Today op-ed argues that so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation championed by legislators such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would "end Medicare as we know it," but fact-checkers say Trump's argument included several false or misleading statements.

Trump signs bills to ban pharmacy 'gag clauses' in Medicare, private health plans

October 11, 2018


The bills aim to ensure pharmacists can tell customers when they could pay less for prescription drugs by not using their insurance.

DOJ just approved CVS-Aetna's $69B merger

October 10, 2018


The Department of Justice will allow CVS Health and health insurer Aetna to move forward with their merger provided Aetna divests its Medicare Part D business.

New BPCI model launches with 1.3K participants. How are providers feeling about it?

October 10, 2018


CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced Model launched Monday with 1,299 participating entities, and while some participants are excited about the model's prospects, others already are contemplating leaving the model.

He sold his Nobel Prize for $765K. Why? To cover health care costs.

October 9, 2018


Leon Lederman, who won a Nobel Prize in 1988 and died Wednesday, sold his prize in 2015 for $765,000 to pay for nursing home care—and he is far from alone in turning to unconventional means to pay for health care.

Meet this year's health care MacArthur 'geniuses'

October 5, 2018


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announces 25 "genius" grant winners, including four who work in health care or have made contributions to the field.

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