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The toughest ethical dilemmas facing doctors in 2018, according to 5,250 physicians

December 10, 2018

Medscape's 2018 Ethics Report unveils doctors' opinions on money, romance with patients, and their most trying ethical dilemmas.

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.

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.

CVS to pass on 100% of drug discounts, rebates to PBM clients

December 6, 2018

CVS Health starting Jan. 1, 2019, will offer a new prescription benefit option that will pass on 100% of any discounts or rebates offered by drugmakers to clients that adopt the model.

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.

Incoming Senate Finance Committee leaders unveil bill to address Medicaid drug costs

December 6, 2018

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the incoming leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, released a draft bill that would provide HHS with the authority to penalize drugmakers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program for misclassifying their products.

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.

Why health systems and other providers are trying to make clinical trial enrollment easier

December 3, 2018

A number of health systems, cancer centers, and other providers are coming together to form networks intended to make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to use their facilities—and patients—to conduct clinical trials.

Four ways the Trump admin will allow states to circumvent ACA requirements

November 30, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma detailed four ways states could use revamped federal waivers to skirt requirements under the Affordable Care Act, drawing criticism from Democrats and some policy experts who say the recommendations could violate the law.

HHS finalizes long-awaited 340B rule

November 30, 2018

HHS has finalized a long-delayed ceiling price and civil monetary penalties rule for Medicare's 340B drug discount program that is slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

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