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Employer medical cost growth is flat. But it's still unsustainable, PwC report finds.

June 22, 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute finds the expected 2019 cost trend for the employer-sponsored health coverage population is in line with the 5.5% to 7% increases seen over the past five years, but remains "unsustainably high," leading to consumers paying larger portions of their medical costs.

Why health care stakeholders are worried about private equity deals

June 21, 2018

American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny says, "We have to decide whether the goal of a health care system is to increase profits, because private equity firms are selecting those parts of health care where they can see a profit because their goal is to make profit."

House GOP's new 10-year budget proposal eyes health care cuts, ACA repeal

June 20, 2018

The House Budget Committee's 10-year GOP budget proposal calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare spending and a total of $1.5 trillion in cuts to spending on Medicaid and other health care programs.

The air ambulance industry is skyrocketing (and so are the bills)

June 14, 2018

The air ambulance industry is booming due to medical advances, hospital closures, and loose regulations, but the sometimes-lifesaving flights can carry five-figure charges that can often lead to protracted billing disputes for privately insured patients.

Treating patients in low-cost settings saves money. But does it risk lives?

June 14, 2018

Care delivery is shifting away from high-intensity settings and toward low-intensity settings, but experts moving patients toward the lowest-intensity setting might put them at risk in some instances.

Azar: The 'massive' Rx drug price cuts pledged by Trump aren't coming yet

June 13, 2018

HHS Secretary Alex Azar in testimony appears to walk back President Trump's comments regarding looming prescription drug price cuts—and continues his criticism of proposals to import drugs from other countries.

Intermountain's CEO is looking to change care delivery through digital health

June 13, 2018

Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, in an interview with HealthLeaders Media says "the health system of the future needs to deliver care where, when, and how people want it and at the highest-possible quality and lowest-possible cost."

House votes to eliminate $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 11, 2018

The bill—which would eliminate nearly $15 billion in unused federal funding, including $7 billion in unused CHIP funds—now heads to the Senate, where it is unclear if it has enough support to pass.

Geisinger CEO was the top candidate to lead the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan venture. Here's why he said no.

June 11, 2018

CNBC reports that other candidates who have been approached to lead the new health care venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan include former acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and former Aetna senior executive Gary Loveman.

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