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Medication in the U.S. is the most expensive in the world, costing 307% more than the global median, according to a recent study on medication costs around the world.

Google and Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic health system, will have to answer questions about their project that allows Google to collect the health information of millions of patients after Congress sent a letter to the companies.

Health systems are looking to boost patient engagement and invest more in data and analytics in 2020, according to a new report looking at the top initiatives for next year. 

A new drug with the potential to help heart-failure patients comes with a staggering cost––$651 a day, or $225,000 a year. The sky-high price tag has caused some researchers associated with developing the drug to speak out, Bloomberg reported.

 

An overwhelming 89% of the healthcare industry is still reliant on using fax machines as part of its communication, according to a survey from TigerConnect, a healthcare communication platform.

Kaiser Permanente, the Oakland, Calif.-based non-profit health system, will name its new medical school after its late CEO and chairman Bernard Tyson, who died suddenly in November.

The American Medical Association has adopted a handful of new policies to guide its future policy work during its interim meeting, including supporting bans on conversion therapy, inclusive electronic health records, racial pay equity in medicine and medical training related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hospital groups are not happy about a new HHS requirement that will force all hospitals to publicly post their prices for services online. A group of hospital associations plan to launch a lawsuit against the agency just days after it finalized the rule, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The improper payment rate in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) fell to its lowest rate since 2010, according to CMS. However, there were still an estimated $28.9 billion in improper payments made in 2019, down $7 billion from 2017.

HHS is looking into a secret project between Google and Ascension after news reports revealed Google was collecting personal health information, including names and birthdates, of millions of U.S. patients under the partnership.

Keeping up with accurate provider directories detailing in-network providers comes with a big annual price tag––nearly $3 billion, according to a new report from CAQH.

Drugmakers are the most profitable industry in the world and would be able to remain profitable after experiencing a $1 trillion loss, according to a report from West Health Policy Center and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.