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Sick, tired, and broke: What 1,500 patients revealed about the financial reality of serious illness

October 19, 2018

Health insurance is intended to protect patients from high health care costs—but it does not always do so, according to a new survey of 1,495 seriously ill adults and caregivers.

ACA repeal might be back on the table, McConnell says

October 18, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says congressional Republicans could again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain larger majorities in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018

From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Trump bashes Medicare-for-All in USA Today. (But fact-checkers argue he made these 5 misleading claims.)

October 11, 2018

President Trump in a USA Today op-ed argues that so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation championed by legislators such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would "end Medicare as we know it," but fact-checkers say Trump's argument included several false or misleading statements.

Is Apple Watch's EKG feature 'a great leap forward'—or worse than useless?

October 11, 2018

The news that the next Apple Watch will feature an FDA-cleared electrocardiogram has triggered a war of words among providers, with some saying it will generate invaluable data and others arguing it will just waste patients' time and money.

DOJ just approved CVS-Aetna's $69B merger

October 10, 2018

The Department of Justice will allow CVS Health and health insurer Aetna to move forward with their merger provided Aetna divests its Medicare Part D business.

New BPCI model launches with 1.3K participants. How are providers feeling about it?

October 10, 2018

CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced Model launched Monday with 1,299 participating entities, and while some participants are excited about the model's prospects, others already are contemplating leaving the model.

He sold his Nobel Prize for $765K. Why? To cover health care costs.

October 9, 2018

Leon Lederman, who won a Nobel Prize in 1988 and died Wednesday, sold his prize in 2015 for $765,000 to pay for nursing home care—and he is far from alone in turning to unconventional means to pay for health care.

US prices for certain medical devices are up to six times higher than Europe, study finds

October 9, 2018

Researchers in a recent Health Affairs study estimate U.S. hospitals from 2006 to 2014 spent more on cardiac implant devices than hospitals in the European Union.

This insurer will pay its members to find lower-cost care

October 8, 2018

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan says it will give policyholders up to $550 each year to explore lower-cost health care options.

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