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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.

HHS might require providers to disclose 'secret' prices negotiated with insurers

March 8, 2019


HHS under a proposed rule published Monday is seeking public comments on whether it should require health care providers to disclose the now-secret prices they negotiate with health insurers.

HHS wants to fix kidney care system that 'pays for sickness rather than health,' Azar says

March 6, 2019


HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is looking to change how Medicare pays for dialysis treatments and to increase the number of kidneys that are available for transplant.

Senate Finance Committee chair relaunches probe into nonprofit hospitals' tax exemptions

March 5, 2019


Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last month renewed his investigation into whether nonprofit hospitals are meeting uncompensated care and other requirements for tax exemptions.

Why have insulin prices spiked? These senators are demanding to know.

March 1, 2019


Leaders on the Senate Finance Committee last week launched a bipartisan investigation into rising insulin prices in the United States, noting concerns about patients' access to the life-saving drug.

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