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Should FDA regulate EHRs? Media investigation highlighting EHR-related patient harm raises the question.

March 26, 2019


Outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday called for greater scrutiny of electronic health record (EHR) systems, after an investigation by Kaiser Health News and Fortune identified thousands of patient injuries, including some deaths, tied to EHRs.

How Geisinger became a 'destination' for care for Walmart, Lowe's and other big employers

March 25, 2019


Geisinger Health Interim President and CEO Jaewon Ryu recently sat down with Harvard Business Review's Gardiner Morse to share what it takes to be a "center of excellence" and contract with employers throughout the country to provide high-value care for specified conditions.

More than 200 providers have withdrawn from BPCI model—but experts aren't worried

March 22, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the number of hospitals and physician groups participating in Medicare’s new voluntary bundled-payment model declined by 16% over the program’s first five months.

US adults are trying to cut their Rx drug costs. See how, charted.

March 21, 2019


Around 11% of U.S. adults skipped medication doses in order to reduce their prescription drug costs, including just over one-third of uninsured adults, according to a data brief from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Are doctors 'seriously overpaid?'

March 21, 2019


The average doctor in the United States has an income of about $300,000 per year, roughly twice as much as physicians in other wealthy countries, but it is unclear whether U.S. physicians are being "seriously overpaid," as one economist argues—or fairly compensated for being high-skilled, highly trained workers.

Walmart offers its workers free surgery (with a catch). Now it wants others to do the same.

March 20, 2019


Walmart about six years ago launched a Centers of Excellence program that offers certain surgeries to employees with no out-of-pocket costs—and the program is saving money and reducing readmissions, Walmart's Lisa Woods and colleagues write in the Harvard Business Review.

What's driving higher drug spending in Medicare and Medicaid?

March 19, 2019


New data from CMS' Drug Spending Dashboards show drugs with only one manufacturer have driven the largest increases in Medicare and Medicaid drug spending.

How Civica Rx—the hospital-led generic drug venture—will 'shake up' the marketplace, according to Intermountain's Marc Harrison

March 19, 2019


In response to climbing generic drug prices, a group of hospitals last year launched a nonprofit generic drug company, called Civica Rx, to "ensure that essential generic medications are accessible and affordable," Intermountain Healthcare CEO Marc Harrison writes in a STAT News opinion piece.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019


The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

Is at-home cancer treatment 'closer than you might think'?

March 11, 2019


Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can spend "hours a day in physician offices or outpatient clinics," but research shows providing cancer treatment at home could be a more effective solution, two oncologists write in STAT News.
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