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US health care prices are growing by the fastest rate in six years, analysis finds

April 17, 2018

A recent Altarum report finds U.S. health care prices are rising at the fastest growth rate—2.2%—since January 2012, and hospitals are a key price growth driver.

How nurses at 3 top organizations are leading change

April 16, 2018

Nurse leaders explain why health care leaders should not overlook nurses in their efforts to "fix the hospital."

After Paul Ryan: What's next for Medicare, Medicaid reform?

April 12, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) announcement that he will not seek re-election in November is raising questions about whether Congress will achieve Ryan's long-sought goal to overhaul federal entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.

'Rx Savings Finder': The new CVS tool that could save patients money—and put pressure on drugmakers

April 12, 2018

CVS Health is introducing a new tool, called the "Rx Savings Finder," that will enable pharmacists and customers to better compare drug prices at the pharmacy counter, in an effort to both save customers money on prescriptions and increase drug price transparency.

Feds recovered $2.6B from health care fraud efforts last year, report finds

April 12, 2018

An HHS Office of Inspector General report finds the federal government recovered $4.20 for every $1 spent through the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program during fiscal years 2015 through 2017.

CBO projects trillion-dollar deficits, rising spending on Medicare and Medicaid

April 11, 2018

The Congressional Budget Office report states that "health care costs per beneficiary are projected to grow faster than the economy over the long term, contributing to growth in spending for Medicare and Medicaid in particular."

When kids go to the ED, parents get saddled with 'big bills' for basic care

April 11, 2018

A Vox analysis digs into the reasons why patients more commonly are seeing "big bills" for "relatively basic medical care."

The little-known duo tied to 4,116% Rx drug price hikes

April 11, 2018

Bloomberg examines a business strategy allegedly deployed by Todd Smith, chair and CEO of Novum Pharma, and Benjamin Bove, an officer at Novum, at four pharmaceutical companies that seemingly led to major price hikes for some prescription drugs, though Novum says the approach is a "patient-access-centered model" that lowers prices for consumers.

The threats facing 'scarce' primary care doctors: Mergers, telehealth, and more

April 10, 2018

The emergence of urgent care facilities and retail clinics, as well as increasing mergers in the health care industry and the push toward telemedicine, are threatening traditional primary care practices.

How AbbVie is keeping intact its 'monopoly' on blockbuster drug Humira

April 10, 2018

Drugmaker AbbVie and Samsung Bioepis reach a settlement agreement that prevents Samsung from selling its biosimilar version of AbbVie's blockbuster drug Humira in the United States until 2023.

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