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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.

Map: See the 2,583 hospitals that face readmission penalties this year

October 8, 2019


Medicare last week began the latest payment adjustments to hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and more than 2,500 hospitals will face penalties for fiscal year 2020, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Trump signs drug rebate bill expected to save Medicaid $3B

October 8, 2019


President Trump last month quietly signed into law a bill closing a loophole in Medicaid's drug rebate program that critics say allowed drugmakers to underpay rebates to state Medicaid programs.

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.

Trump admin will deny visas to those without health insurance

October 7, 2019


President Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that could deny immigrants' visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

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.

Trump issues executive order to expand private Medicare plans

October 4, 2019


President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that aims to expand private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, more closely align Medicare fee-for-service payments with MA and commercial plans, and implement other Medicare reforms.

Inside Walmart's plan to steer employees to high-quality doctors

October 4, 2019


Walmart on Thursday announced that, starting next year, it will test a program in certain markets that will financially incentivize employees to use doctors the company has determined are higher-quality than other doctors in the area.

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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