Care Delivery

Average Medicare Part D premiums have dropped for the third year in a row, according to CMS, and they are projected to decline again in 2020. Medicare Part D plans offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare beneficiaries.

The FDA accepted 137 new drug approvals (NDAs) and biologics license applications (BLAs) in 2018, up 11% from 2017 and 36% from 2012 to 2017, according to a new report.

CVS Health has launched a new platform aimed at addressing social determinants of health, in collaboration with social care coordination platform Unite Us. The initiative is the first in a series of business programs to be announced by CVS Health targeting social determinants of health, which influence roughly 60% of a person’s life expectancy, the company said.

With Medicare for all on the lips of many Democratic presidential candidates and public support for universal healthcare coverage at its highest ever, concerns about healthcare usage under such a system have arisen. However, hospital use isn’t likely to rise under a Medicare-for-all plan, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Civica Rx, the not-for-profit drug company startup created by hospital and healthcare organizations to reduce the impact of rising drug costs and shortages, has found another pharmaceutical partner to manufacture and supply 14 essential sterile injectable medications.

Changes to the accountable care organization shared savings program by CMS are having the desired effect, but fewer ACOs are participating in 2019. The declaration comes from CMS Administrator Seema Verma, who recently penned a blog post in Health Affairs outlining the recent outcomes of the ACO shared savings program.

The Trump administration’s expansion of short-term limited-duration health plans has held up in court after a legal challenge.

After introducing its new HealthHub concept store in Texas, CVS Health is spreading the store model to Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, the company announced.

Only 28% of ACOs formed in 2012 have taken on downside risk, while just 33% had at least one contract with downside risk in 2018, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

More hospitals and healthcare providers are seeking medical specialists compared to primary care physicians––and many of these roles comes with the highest starting salaries in the industry.

Patients are worried about the rising cost of prescription drugs, and the high rate of cost growth has led lawmakers and the Trump administration to review steps to reduce runaway price growth. However, there are some ways for doctors to help patients avoid sticker shock on their prescriptions––and not many are using these tools, according to a report from NPR.

Emergency services are well known for charging high prices, often leaving patients on the hook for sky-high medical bills when those services are billed out of network. In particular, patients with private insurance face far higher charges for air ambulance compared to Medicare rates, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.