Care Delivery

Medicare Part D overpaid millions of dollars for prescription drugs that should have been covered by the Medicare Part A hospice benefit, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), which conducted an audit from 2016 payments. In other words, CMS paid twice for the same drugs.

The world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is taking a bigger step into the healthcare space by opening up a primary care clinic called Walmart Health located in Georgia. The news was first reported by CNBC.

More than 3,400 drugs saw price hikes in the first half of 2019, with the average increase being more than five times the rate of inflation, according to CVS Caremark.

In the U.S., heart disease has been the reigning top cause of death for a number of years, but cancer is quickly becoming the top killer in some high-income and upper-middle-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

CMS is updating its Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade.

HHS will provide $23 million to drug manufacturer Merck to produce Ebola vaccine doses over the next year, the agency announced Aug. 21. 

While there is some back-and-forth debate over the true savings results from Medicare Advantage, the plans could actually cost Medicare and the American taxpayer.

Doing chores could reduce the risk of early death, according to a recent study published in the bmj. In fact, the findings of the study, which was conducted by researchers from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, revealed that any level of movement reduces the risk of premature death.

 

Medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and patients can experience harm when they are seeking care at hospitals. Knowing how patients are being harmed is crucial for healthcare providers to improve quality of care and outcomes.

Customs and Border Protection will not administer flu vaccines to migrants held in border detention facilities, CBS News reported. The decision comes just weeks before the flu season in the U.S. is expected to hit.

Signify Health and Remedy Partners, two portfolio companies of private equity firm New Mountain Capital, have signed an agreement to merge.

U.S. healthcare spending far outpaces other high-income countries, but social spending is not far off, just slightly below average, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.