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Colorado unveils its plan for a state public option—and it could cut provider payments

October 11, 2019


Colorado officials on Monday released a draft report outlining a proposed state public health insurance option, but the plan is drawing criticism from health care providers who would receive lower reimbursements under the proposal.

Map: The best (and worst) states for aging, according to US News

October 10, 2019


U.S. News & World Report last week released its Best States for Aging list, which ranks all 50 states on how they address the needs of older adults. See how your state fared on our interactive map.

These 7 Rx drug price hikes cost US more than $5B. Were they justified?

October 10, 2019


A new Institute for Clinical and Economic Review report found drugmakers between 2017 and 2018 increased the prices of seven drugs without clinical evidence to justify the increases, costing patients and insurers more than $5 billion—but drugmakers are questioning the report's accuracy.

The US 'wastes' nearly $1 trillion in health spending each year. Where does it all go?

October 9, 2019


About 25% of U.S. health care spending annually is wasteful, according to a study published Monday in JAMA. See where all the money goes on our interactive charts.

SCOTUS declines to hear MS drug patent case

October 9, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday denied drugmaker Acorda Therapeutics' request to hear a case regarding patents for the company's multiple sclerosis treatment Ampyra, meaning generic versions of the drug can remain on the market.

Buttigieg released his plan to lower Rx drug prices. Here's what's inside.

October 8, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday released a plan intended to lower U.S. prescription drug costs that calls for allowing federal officials to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by some public health plans, capping some U.S. residents' out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and more.

White House claims drug prices are dropping, but experts are pushing back

October 7, 2019


The White House's Council on Economic Advisers on Thursday issued a report claiming the consumer price index showed prescription drug prices have decreased, but experts have argued the index inaccurately represents drug costs, in part because it does not account for the high prices of specialty drugs.

Will cadavers in medical school soon be a thing of the past?

October 4, 2019


Cadavers have been used in medical education for centuries, but cost concerns and clinical limitations are leading some medical schools to stop using cadavers and instead use virtual reality.

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