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Senate panel approves sweeping bill to lower Rx prices—but changes might be in store

July 26, 2019


The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 19-9 to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but the bill might face opposition in the full Senate unless it undergoes substantial revisions.

Neil Armstrong's family received a $6M settlement from an Ohio hospital following his death, documents show

July 26, 2019


Mercy Health—Fairfield Hospital in 2014 reached a $6 million settlement with the family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died at the hospital following complications from cardiovascular surgery, according to previously undisclosed documents obtained by the New York Times and the Cincinnati Enquirer. The hospital in the documents did not admit to any wrongdoing.

These 'Big Three' medical conditions account for 62% of diagnostic errors

July 26, 2019


Diagnostic errors for cancers, infections, and vascular events accounted for more than 60% of medical malpractice claims over a 10-year period, according to a study published this month in the journal Diagnosis.

Senate will take up 'surprise' billing package after August recess

July 26, 2019


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's top Republican and Democratic members on Wednesday said the full Senate would not take up the committee's legislative package to address so-called "surprise" medical bills before Congress' August recess.

The Trump admin's top 3 health care priorities

July 25, 2019


HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday laid out three of the Trump administration's top health care priorities heading into the 2020 election.

Inside the Senate Finance Committee's sweeping new proposal to lower Rx drug costs

July 24, 2019


Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the committee, on Tuesday introduced a sweeping bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs by changing various Medicare and Medicaid policies, but the bill quickly drew criticism from congressional Republicans and the pharmaceutical industry.

Charted: The dramatic rise in telehealth claims over the last 4 years

July 24, 2019


Private insurance claims for all telehealth services surged between 2014 and 2018, according to a new white paper from Fair Health.

Indian Health Services hospitals are putting patients' health at risk, investigators find

July 24, 2019


Major issues at Indian Health Service hospitals have led to unsafe conditions for patients, risky opioid prescribing practices, and information technology vulnerabilities, according to two reports released Monday by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

What's more accurate than health plan directories? Google, a study finds.

July 24, 2019


Google offers more accurate provider information than many health plan directories, such as health plans' Medicare Advantage directories and exchange plan directories, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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