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How state, local health departments are responding to US measles outbreaks

June 18, 2019

The number of measles cases reported in the United States this year has continued to grow, and state and local health departments—which are largely responsible for tracking, reporting, and combating measles outbreaks—are feeling strained.

Could the problem with US health care be the patients?

June 17, 2019

Critiques of the U.S. health care system often focus on systemic issues, but that focus overlooks the important role patients play in health outcomes and spending, according to David Freedman, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of "Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them."

49 of the most popular drugs saw patient and insurer costs rise between 2012 and 2017, study finds

June 17, 2019

The median total costs insurers and patients paid for the 49 most popular prescription drugs in the United States, by sales, increased between 2012 and 2017, with many of those costs increasing more than twofold, according to a recent study.

CMS OKs Washington's 'subscription' payment model for hepatitis C drugs

June 14, 2019

CMS on Wednesday approved Washington's plan to negotiate value-based drug agreements with the makers of hepatitis C treatments under a subscription-like model.

CMS wants to know: How can it reduce clinicians' administrative burdens?

June 11, 2019

CMS on Thursday issued a request for information seeking new recommendations on how the agency can continue to help reduce administrative burdens on providers and lower health care costs.

California poised to expand Medicaid to 90,000 undocumented adults

June 10, 2019

California lawmakers on Sunday reached an agreement on a state budget bill that would make the state the first to provide full health insurance benefits to certain undocumented adults.

This nurse is reducing hospital waste—and it could save $30K per year

June 5, 2019

Tami Ochs, a behavioral health nurse at Atlantic Health's Overlook Medical Center, realized she could find a smarter way to make disposable bags used to hold emergency department patients' belongings—and her revolution could save her hospital up to $30,000 annually.

Utah unveils proposal to implement per-capita caps in Medicaid

June 4, 2019

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) on Friday unveiled a proposal to establish per-person spending caps and seek enhanced federal funding for the state's partial Medicaid expansion.

The 'secret' to lower health care costs, according to Mount Sinai’s CEO and a former policymaker

May 30, 2019

In the U.S. debate about how to rein in health care spending, "we're missing a critical piece of the puzzle," Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, and Robert Rubin, former secretary of the Department of Treasury, write in a New York Times opinion piece.

Colorado becomes the first state to cap insulin out-of-pocket costs

May 29, 2019

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) last week signed into law a bill that will cap out-of-pocket insulin costs for Colorado residents with diabetes at $100 per month.

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