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'I'm in constant pain, 24/7': Meet the one-third of patients who regret knee replacement surgery

January 15, 2019

Knee replacement surgeries are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, but while the procedure generally is considered safe, some doctors say the surgery often is performed on patients who do not really need it.

Trump admin might put forth a proposal to overhaul VA's health system

January 15, 2019

Veterans Affairs (VA) is drafting a proposal to overhaul its health care system and shift billions of dollars in funding from VA-run health hospitals to private health care providers, according to the New York Times.

US drug spending suddenly exploded in 1997. What happened?

January 14, 2019

The United States far outspends other wealthy nations on prescription drugs, but a recent study shows the trend dates back only to 1997—and Austin Frakt, a health economist, offers insight on what triggered the spending spike, and what it means for the future of drug spending.

The health care industry spends $30B a year on marketing. Here's where it all goes, charted.

January 11, 2019

The health care industry is spending more on promotional advertising than ever before, with annual spending on health care marketing nearly doubling from 1997 to 2016, according to a new study.

Grassley lays out health care priorities—and starts with a bill to import drugs from Canada

January 10, 2019

New Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Wednesday laid out his priorities regarding prescription drug prices and released draft legislation that would allow U.S. residents to import drugs from Canada.

How two Democratic governors and one mayor want to expand public health coverage

January 9, 2019

Democratic governors in California and Washington and New York City's mayor over the past few days have unveiled proposals to significantly expand public health programs, including some proposals that would offer residents universal coverage.

What's driving Rx drug cost increases? The answer is two-fold, study finds.

January 9, 2019

Prescription drug costs in the United States continue to rise each year, and while there has been some debate as to what is driving those increases, a new study suggests there are two key factors that influence the market in different ways.

Do mandatory bundled payments lower health spending? A new study suggests yes—but only slightly.

January 8, 2019

A new study suggests Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program led to a modest reduction in spending on hip and knee replacement surgeries over a two-year period.

CMS finalizes rule to make ACOs take on more risk

January 2, 2019

CMS has finalized a rule to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program and accelerate the pathway for accountable care organizations to transition to two-sided risk models.

CMS approves Medicaid work requirements in Maine, Michigan

January 2, 2019

CMS late last month approved both Maine's and Michigan's requests to implement Medicaid work requirements.

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