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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.

House passes last-minute bills to delay ACA taxes, reform FDA oversight of OTC drugs

December 21, 2018


The House on Thursday passed several bills that would affect health care, including one that would delay certain taxes established under the Affordable Care Act and one that would reform how FDA regulates over-the-counter medications, but it is unclear whether the bills will advance in the Senate before the chamber adjourns for the year.

Veterans still face long wait times as costs for VCP soar, investigation finds

December 20, 2018


Veterans Affairs (VA) four years ago launched the VA Choice Program to expand veterans' access to private health care providers and cut down appointment wait times, but VA claims data show veterans continue to experience long wait times, a ProPublica/PolitiFact investigation finds.

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