Care Delivery

A Seattle-based startup, 98point6, is looking to become the Amazon of primary care, according to a profile by CNBC.

Media spotlighting of extraordinarily high hospital bills can pay off for patients on the hook for thousands of dollars after a hospital visit. Such is the case for one San Francisco resident who was stuck with a bill for more than $20,000—after her insurance paid its part—following a bicycle accident.

A new not-for-profit startup aimed at producing generic drugs will introduce 20 products in 2019, Reuters reported. The supplier, Civica Rx, initially expected to offer just 14 drugs in 2019, but will now likely exceed that after working with companies to produce additional medicines, company officials told Reuters.

Access to care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has improved since 2014, compared to the stagnant wait times in the private sector, according to new research published in JAMA Network Open.

Rural hospitals in the United States have been closing at a rapid clip over the last several years––nearly 100 since 2010, according to one estimate. Another 600-plus rural hospitals are at risk of closing, with many clustered in the 14 remaining states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Pew Institute.

The U.S. government shutdown, which is now the longest-running in history, could potentially harm consumers and undermine the stability of the Affordable Care Act healthcare insurance market, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The average annual cost of managing type 1 diabetes has skyrocketed, with the rising cost of insulin being a main contributor, according to a new issue brief from the Health Care Cost Institute.

Many Americans with disabilities and pre-existing conditions are concerned about their future if a ruling that overturns the Affordable Care Act remains in place.

The FDA is fast-tracking efforts to produce an over-the-counter version of naloxone, a life-saving drug which can reverse an opioid overdose. Current FDA-approved versions of naloxone require a prescription, creating a barrier of use for some.

CVS Health and Walmart have reached a new, multiyear deal to continue their pharmacy business relationship. CVS announced the agreement Jan. 18, three days after the companies stated they would no longer be in the same network for filling prescription drugs after a pricing dispute.

CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has announced a new model that aims to lower prescription drug prices in Medicare Part D and introduced several updates to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has teamed up with technology company Microsoft to develop new healthcare delivery models, the companies announced Jan. 15.