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Why some are hopeful—and others skeptical—about Gawande at Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan

June 22, 2018

Since news broke that Atul Gawande will lead the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase health care venture, stakeholders have offered predictions about how Gawande will approach the job—with some applauding the pick and others questioning whether the respected surgeon and thought leader has the business acumen the job might demand.

Google's latest ambition: Predicting when patients will die

June 22, 2018

Google's new artificial intelligence system can predict a range of potential patient outcomes, including when a patient might die.

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.

Trump walks back immigration policy that provider groups say causes toxic stress in children

June 21, 2018

President Trump signs an executive order to rein in the separation of migrant children from their parents amid a growing chorus of concerns from health care professionals about the practice's short- and long-term health effects.

Nearly 50% of VA nursing homes received one-star quality rating, VA data show

June 21, 2018

Documents obtained by USA Today and the Boston Globe show 60 of VA's 133 nursing homes had a one-star rating as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Why health care stakeholders are worried about private equity deals

June 21, 2018

American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny says, "We have to decide whether the goal of a health care system is to increase profits, because private equity firms are selecting those parts of health care where they can see a profit because their goal is to make profit."

The secret weapon in Stanford, Mount Sinai, and others' fight against the 'epidemic of physician discontent'

June 21, 2018

Faced with what experts consider an "epidemic of physician discontent," some U.S. hospitals are hiring chief wellness officers to focus on fighting the issue.

Atul Gawande will lead Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture

June 20, 2018

Atul Gawande—a prominent surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital who is widely viewed as an expert on patient safety—will lead the new Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase health care venture.

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."

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