Care Delivery

One of the nation’s largest health insurers is using AI to help persuade patients to get their seasonal flu shot, The Wall Street Journal reported.

HHS has announced a new initiative to make a medication taken to prevent HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, available for free to those without prescription drug insurance coverage.

GE Healthcare has announced a new $100 million contract with a European imaging company and new investments in 3D printing, robotics and virtual patient monitoring.

Amazon has launched a medical transcription service for clinical documentation, allowing doctors to transcribe conversations with patients into electronic health records.

CVS Health is acquiring Centene’s Illinois health plan subsidiary, IlliniCare Health Plan, the companies announced Dec. 2. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Medical care costs are set to rise again in 2020, with a projected increased of 6.8%, according to the 2020 Global Medical Trends Survey Report from Willis Towers Watson.

 

Time named 100 of the best inventions in 2019, with several healthcare innovations making the list.

UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurance provider, has teamed up with Walgreens to provide Medicare services centers within 14 Walgreens stores across five metropolitan areas.

A major industry group representing pharmaceutical companies has ceased funding to a nonprofit group that aims to help people addicted to opioids, Politico reported.

Humana has released the findings of its latest value-based care report, detailing how the company is continuing to move away from fee-for-service when it comes to their Medicare Advantage population.

Walgreens has opened up the first in-store primary care clinic with VillageMD, a primary care company based in Chicago that operates nationally. The clinic, based in Houston, is one of five planned sites of care in the city.

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.