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Why some 2020 Democratic candidates are walking back from 'Medicare for All'

August 27, 2019


Some of the candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president are walking back their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-All" proposal amid mounting concerns from consumers.

We don’t know the effectiveness of a 'whopping 50%' of clinical treatments. So why do doctors use them?

August 27, 2019


When a doctor recommends a treatment, patients usually assume "it's based on solid evidence," but research shows that the number of popular clinical treatments that have been proven beneficial is "less than you might think," health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019


Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

Why ACA premiums are staying flat (or even falling)

August 26, 2019


Insurers are planning to provide consumers on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges with more health plans options for the 2020 coverage year, and exchange plan premiums are projected to either stay flat or decrease.

HHS proposes changes to privacy rules aimed at combating substance use disorders

August 23, 2019


HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

Why a cat's bite led to $26,229.35 in medical bills

August 22, 2019


Caitlin Hillyard was petting a cat in her neighborhood when the cat bit her wrist, which resulted in difficulties seeking treatment and more than $26,000 in health care bills.

USPSTF expands recommendation for BRCA mutation screening

August 21, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday finalized new recommendations broadening the number of women primary care providers should assess for BRCA gene mutations that increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers.

Uber, Lyft want to help older patients get to their appointments. But will it work?

August 20, 2019


Uber and Lyft are betting big on the health care sector to expand their businesses, but they are having to adopt new approaches to attract older U.S. residents.

PBMs pass on nearly 100% of rebates to Medicare Part D plans, GAO finds

August 19, 2019


Pharmacy benefit managers in 2016 passed on nearly all of the rebates they negotiated with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare Part D drugs to insurers sponsoring Part D plans, resulting in lower premiums for such plans, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.

ACA exchange plans will soon feature quality star ratings

August 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it will require state and federal exchange websites to display quality star ratings for Affordable Care Act exchange plans, starting with the 2020 open enrollment period.

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