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Meet John O'Brien, Azar's new senior adviser on drug pricing

December 10, 2018


John O'Brien, a former executive at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, will oversee the Trump administration's implementation of a proposed Medicare Part B drug pricing model intended to bring provider reimbursements in line with prices paid in other countries.

Despite 'glimmers of stability,' Moody's predicts worsening financial outlook for nonprofit hospitals

December 10, 2018


Nonprofit hospitals will continue to see expenses outpace revenue in 2019 because of a number of factors, including weak inpatient admissions and increases in bad debt, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

What's behind the slowdown in US health spending? Declining demand, CMS finds.

December 7, 2018


CMS actuaries say U.S. health care spending increased by 3.9% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, down from a growth rate of 4.3% in 2016.

The 118 'Top Hospitals' in the US, according to The Leapfrog Group

December 6, 2018


The Leapfrog Group's 2018 Top Hospitals list recognizes 118 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

How the Trump admin wants to make health care more competitive

December 6, 2018


HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury in a 119-page report recommend reforms across the U.S. health care market to promote choice and competition.

This woman's viral letter shed a light on the cost barriers to organ transplants

December 6, 2018


Hedda Martin, a 60-year-old Michigan resident who needs a heart transplant, was denied the procedure and told to raise $10,000 before providers would consider the transplant—and her viral social media post has shed a light on how cost can be a barrier to patients in need of new organs.

Nearly 1,700 hospitals violated 'the Golden Rule of emergency care,' according to a new investigation

December 5, 2018


About a third of U.S. hospitals over the past decade violated federal standards for providing emergency department care, according to an investigation by WebMD and Georgia Health News.

The 10 signs of 'BS' in health care, according to Wharton economists

December 5, 2018


A special report by University of Pennsylvania health care economists suggests the health care industry suffers from an "acute" problem with "deceptive, misleading, unsubstantiated, and foolish statements"—otherwise known as health care "BS."

Hospitals are suing to block Medicare's site-neutral payments

December 5, 2018


The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical College, and three independent health systems in a lawsuit argue that the Trump administration does not have the authority to implement a new site-neutral payment policy under Medicare.

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