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Is at-home cancer treatment 'closer than you might think'?

March 11, 2019

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can spend "hours a day in physician offices or outpatient clinics," but research shows providing cancer treatment at home could be a more effective solution, two oncologists write in STAT News.

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.

CMS will penalize 800 hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions, the latest data show

March 4, 2019

This fiscal year, 800 hospitals will face monetary penalties under Medicare's Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program—the highest number since the program was established five years ago. See how hospitals fared with American Health Line's interactive pay-for-performance map.

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.

Inside House Democrats' new 'Medicare-for-All' bill

February 28, 2019

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Wednesday introduced a new "Medicare-for-All" bill that already has more than 100 co-sponsors and is more expansive than the Medicare-for-All proposal long championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

How pharma execs are proposing to lower Rx drug costs. (Hint: It's not by lowering their prices.)

February 27, 2019

Pharmaceutical company executives during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday offered some ideas for lowering prescription drug prices insurers and consumers pay, though they did not commit to lowering the list prices of their products.

These hospitals are offering 50% off medical bills. (And they say 'it's a win-win.')

February 26, 2019

Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital are cutting patients' outstanding medical bills in half as part of a new pilot to ensure patients pay their bills.

About 20% of US rural hospitals are at high risk of closing, report finds

February 22, 2019

The Navigant report recommended federal lawmakers reintroduce and pass the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act, which would "help rural hospitals by allowing them to sidestep" certain regulatory "hurdle[s]."

US will spend $6T on health care by 2027, CMS says. Here's what will drive that growth.

February 21, 2019

CMS' Office of Actuaries predicts average national spending growth in the United States will increase by 5.5% annually from 2018 to 2027, outpacing growth in the country's gross domestic product and reaching a total of nearly $6 trillion by 2027.

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