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Do you use a period-tracking app? You might be surprised where your data goes next.

April 16, 2019

Each month, tens of millions of women use menstruation- or pregnancy-tracking apps to log private details about their cycles, sexual activity, and family planning—and in some cases that data might end up in the hands of employers and insurers.

How MACPAC wants to change DSH payments, Medicaid drug rebates, and more

April 16, 2019

Members of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission on Thursday voted to recommend Congress change statutory language governing Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments and eliminate a cap on Medicaid drug rebates.

Sanders just revised his 'Medicare-for-All' proposal. Here's what you need to know.

April 11, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday unveiled a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

How are US residents handling mounting health care costs? See the answer, charted.

April 10, 2019

U.S. residents in 2018 borrowed an estimated $88 billion to pay for needed health care, according to a Gallup and West Health survey released last week.

How PBM execs want to reform the Rx pricing system

April 10, 2019

Executives from five of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday said they would support legislation to reform PBMs' current drug pricing system by increasing transparency and prohibiting PBMs from charging Medicare and Medicaid higher rates for prescription drugs than pharmacies.

Meet 'Charlie,' the homeless patient who helped cut hospital use by 44%

April 10, 2019

Charlie was a homeless resident in Clearlake, California, who in just one year racked up 25 hospital visits and 16 emergency transports, and he also was the first patient to join Project Restoration—an initiative that helped Charlie recover, reduced his hospital use, and ultimately saved the health system money.

How CMS wants to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition to proposed rebate rules

April 9, 2019

If CMS moves forward with proposed changes to eliminate certain prescription drug rebates in Medicare and Medicaid plans, the agency will launch a two-year demonstration program to ease Medicare Part D plans' transition.

Amazon is now accepting payment from HSAs and FSAs. And that's a big deal, according to industry stakeholders.

March 28, 2019

Amazon is now allowing consumers to use pre-tax income from health savings accounts and flexible savings accounts.

EConsults are becoming more popular in health care, but there's still some unknowns

March 28, 2019

A growing number of primary care doctors are replacing in-person specialist consults with electronic consultations—a practice that can "free up capacity in crowded health systems" and reduce wait times for other patients, according to health economist Austin Frakt.

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