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Do workplace wellness programs actually lower costs? No, according to a new study.

April 18, 2019


Participating in a workplace wellness program encourages employees to exercise and manage their weight, but does not result in better health outcomes or lower health care spending, according to a study published Tuesday.

What 'Medicare for All' would really cost, according to 5 experts

April 17, 2019


Health reform and so-called "Medicare-for-All" plans are shaping up to be key issues in the 2020 presidential election, but it is unclear how these plans would affect U.S. health care expenditures. To get some answers, the New York Times asked a group of economists and think tanks for their projections.

Healthy food subsidies could save more than $100B in health care costs, research shows

April 17, 2019


Providing Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with so-called "healthy food prescriptions" could lower the risk of chronic illnesses and lead to billions of dollars in savings, according to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One.

Do you use a period-tracking app? You might be surprised where your data goes next.

April 16, 2019


Each month, tens of millions of women use menstruation- or pregnancy-tracking apps to log private details about their cycles, sexual activity, and family planning—and in some cases that data might end up in the hands of employers and insurers.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019


Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

Sanders just revised his 'Medicare-for-All' proposal. Here's what you need to know.

April 11, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday unveiled a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

How are US residents handling mounting health care costs? See the answer, charted.

April 10, 2019


U.S. residents in 2018 borrowed an estimated $88 billion to pay for needed health care, according to a Gallup and West Health survey released last week.

How PBM execs want to reform the Rx pricing system

April 10, 2019


Executives from five of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday said they would support legislation to reform PBMs' current drug pricing system by increasing transparency and prohibiting PBMs from charging Medicare and Medicaid higher rates for prescription drugs than pharmacies.

Meet 'Charlie,' the homeless patient who helped cut hospital use by 44%

April 10, 2019


Charlie was a homeless resident in Clearlake, California, who in just one year racked up 25 hospital visits and 16 emergency transports, and he also was the first patient to join Project Restoration—an initiative that helped Charlie recover, reduced his hospital use, and ultimately saved the health system money.

How CMS wants to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition to proposed rebate rules

April 9, 2019


If CMS moves forward with proposed changes to eliminate certain prescription drug rebates in Medicare and Medicaid plans, the agency will launch a two-year demonstration program to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition.

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