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Despite the Trump administration’s battle cry to cut regulation and reduce paperwork for healthcare organizations, more medical practices say regulatory burdens are worse. And they’ve named prior authorization as the worst regulatory offender.

Physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) outperform those led by hospitals, according to a new report from Avalere Health. Not only did physician-led ACOs outperform by a significant margin, but all ACOs had higher savings the longer they were around.

Seattle-based Amazon will pay the travel expenses for its workers diagnosed with cancer to see specialists at a Los Angeles health system, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Americans spend more than a trillion dollars annually at hospitals, accounting for about one-third of all national health spending. And nonprofit hospitals are actually reaping in a huge profit, NPR reported.

UnitedHealth Group, which owns the nation’s largest private health insurer UnitedHealthcare, reported revenues of $60.4 billion during the third quarter of 2019––a 6.7% jump compared to the same three-month period in 2018.

Sky-high drug prices are a huge issue for many Americans who can’t pay for necessary medications, and 78% feel the federal government should be able to negotiate better prices.

 

Digital health companies continued raking in venture capital during the first three quarters of 2019, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group, but the number of deals and the value is about 10% lower year over year.

The Trump administration released the star ratings for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans just before the 2020 open enrollment period.

Memorial Sloan Kettering, the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, has named it first-ever chief digital officer, following a trend of major providers welcoming the role of technology in the healthcare field.

Nearly 1,300 cases of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, have been reported in nearly every state in the U.S., while 26 deaths have been reported in 21 states. The epidemic has sparked an investigation from the CDC and many states, and the illness has gained a new name.

The majority of Americans don’t believe President Trump has a healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. While Trump has touted that he will release a healthcare plan and that his administration already had an outline for a plan back in June, he has yet to release anything.

UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance provider, has added a telemedicine app to its offerings, giving its millions of member access to on-demand services anytime.