Care Delivery

That’s the question David Freedman tried to answer in an article in The Atlantic, pointing out that the high cost of the U.S. healthcare system could come down to the patients themselves.

At a time when more healthcare stakeholders are looking to integrate care across providers and provide better care coordination for patients, addressing social determinants of health is gaining prominence.

CMS wants to reduce the paperwork burden for the healthcare industry and is asking for stakeholder input on its initiative, Patients over Paperwork, the agency announced June 6.

 

Amid an ongoing court review of its $69 billion merger with health insurer Aetna, CVS Health isn’t slowing down in its plans to expand, according to executives who spoke at the company’s investor day on June 4.

 

Members of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which represents more than 175,000 physicians, are bullish on taking on risk, with more member revenues coming from risk-based models in 2018, according to a recent survey on the transition to value-based care.

The promised, less expensive insulin product from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has officially come to market, the company announced May 22.

A Google-affiliated company is taking on clinical trials with the pharmaceutical industry, CNBC reported. The health and life sciences business of Google’s parent company Alphabet has launched strategic alliances with Novartis, Sanofi, Otsuka and Pfizer to work in the medical studies space.

Civica Rx, a not-for-profit drug company startup that aims to provide more affordable drugs, inked a new deal to distribute antibiotics with Xellia Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Copenhagen that develops, manufactures and commercializes anti-infective treatments.

Rural hospitals are closing at a quick pace, leaving communities at a loss after sometimes long-standing institutions shutter their doors. In Fort Scott, Kan., the closure of a 132-year-old hospital had to be reckoned with, and the closure brings up the question of if small towns need a traditional hospital at all, NPR reported.

As the Trump administration looks for ways to reduce the burden on Americans when they receive a surprise medical bill, it could borrow ideas from New York, which approved legislation in 2014 that has safeguarded residents in the state from being hit with out-of-network charges.

With high compensation and a good work-life balance, Minnesota is the best state for physicians to thrive in 2019, according to a recent ranking from Medscape.

The savings that Medicare Advantage plans can bring to the table may have been over-weighted after a recent study revealed seniors who switch from traditional Medicare plans already have lower healthcare costs before they join an MA plan.