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The toughest ethical dilemmas facing doctors in 2018, according to 5,250 physicians

December 10, 2018


Medscape's 2018 Ethics Report unveils doctors' opinions on money, romance with patients, and their most trying ethical dilemmas.

Meet John O'Brien, Azar's new senior adviser on drug pricing

December 10, 2018


John O'Brien, a former executive at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, will oversee the Trump administration's implementation of a proposed Medicare Part B drug pricing model intended to bring provider reimbursements in line with prices paid in other countries.

The lag in federal exchange signups, charted

December 10, 2018


CMS data show about 3.2 million U.S. residents selected federal exchange plans from Nov. 1, the first day of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, through Dec. 1.

CMS finalizes rule on 2018 risk-adjustment payments

December 10, 2018


CMS under a new rule will "adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year," which bases such payments on statewide average premiums.

Chickenpox parties are making a comeback. That's a terrible idea, doctors say.

December 10, 2018


Chickenpox parties for unvaccinated children are making a comeback, leading health care providers to reiterate the risks of exposing children to the full-strength chickenpox virus.

Despite 'glimmers of stability,' Moody's predicts worsening financial outlook for nonprofit hospitals

December 10, 2018


Nonprofit hospitals will continue to see expenses outpace revenue in 2019 because of a number of factors, including weak inpatient admissions and increases in bad debt, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

How 3 top health systems engage their physicians (without boosting pay)

December 10, 2018


Faced with slim operating margins, hospitals today are looking beyond financial incentives to engage physicians.

Weekly Line: The US health insurance market was 'highly concentrated'—but a lot has changed

December 7, 2018


A recent report from the American Medical Association (AMA) turned heads by claiming that the U.S. health insurance market is "highly concentrated" and that competition is declining in about half of the country. But headlines on the report might not tell the whole story. Let's take a closer look.

What's behind the slowdown in US health spending? Declining demand, CMS finds.

December 7, 2018


CMS actuaries say U.S. health care spending increased by 3.9% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, down from a growth rate of 4.3% in 2016.

Walgreens partners with FedEx to offer next-day Rx deliveries

December 7, 2018


Under a new partnership with FedEx, Walgreens customers can have their prescriptions delivered to them the next day for $4.99.

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