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The White House wants to rename HHS to 'HPW.' (But the proposed revamp goes beyond the name.)

June 22, 2018

A plan released yesterday by the White House Office of Management and Budget would reorganize, restructure, and rename various federal agencies, including HHS and FDA.

Employer medical cost growth is flat. But it's still unsustainable, PwC report finds.

June 22, 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute finds the expected 2019 cost trend for the employer-sponsored health coverage population is in line with the 5.5% to 7% increases seen over the past five years, but remains "unsustainably high," leading to consumers paying larger portions of their medical costs.

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018

American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."

The 50 most influential physician leaders, according to Modern Healthcare

June 19, 2018

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb tops Modern Healthcare's 2018 list of the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders."

Lawmakers approve dozens of bills to address opioid epidemic

June 18, 2018

The House, which last week considered nearly 40 bills intended to address the opioid epidemic, is scheduled to continue voting on opioid-related legislation this week.

A judge just approved the $85B AT&T-Time Warner deal. What does that mean for health care's mega-mergers?

June 15, 2018

Experts say a federal judge's approval of a merger between AT&T and Time Warner could mean the Department of Justice will be less likely to successfully challenge the proposed merger between Aetna and CVS Health, as well as the proposed merger between Cigna and Express Scripts.

The 'hotspots' where kids go unvaccinated, mapped

June 14, 2018

A new study shows "an overall upward trend of enrolling kindergarteners with non-medical exemptions" for vaccines from 2009 to 2014 in 12 of the 18 states that allow for such exemptions.

Want to donate stool? Be forewarned: 97% of applicants are rejected.

June 14, 2018

New research shows that transplanting donated feces might offer a promising first-line treatment for Clostridium difficile infection—but the screening process to donate stool is intensive.
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