Healthcare Economics & Policy

Diabetes advocates and legislators on both sides of the aisle are calling for more transparency and government oversight in the insulin market because of skyrocketing costs.
New data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)’s DataDive Management and Staff Compensation highlights a 19 percent increase in total compensation for nursing staff between 2015 and 2017.
For the first time in 110 years, General Electric won’t be a part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, after S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the corporate giant will be delisted when the stock market opens June 26.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic will enter into a five-year agreement that will keep all state-wide Mayo Clinic locations within network through 2023.
A majority of millennials—individuals between 18 and 34 years old—are willing to let health insurance companies access their social media, provided their premiums could be lowered, according to a survey from MuleSoft Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers released its report on medical cost trends, which estimates numbers for 2019. The good news? Cost increases have leveled off—rising 6 percent in 2019. But for employers, these increasing expenditures do not lead to improved productivity. Medical costs continue to jump, while growth in labor productivity should remain near 1.1 percent for 2019—below the average annual increase of 2.3 percent in recent decades.
After months of statements, speculation, trade talks, tweets and threats, the U.S. government has officially put tariffs in place on $50 billion worth of products imported from China, including medical imaging equipment. X-ray, CT and MRI equipment are all on the list of products included in this announcement.
In a Thursday, June 14, ruling, a federal appellate court denied claims from health insurers who claimed they were owed billions of dollars from an Affordable Care Act (ACA) program. The court ruled 2-1 against two insurers who wanted the federal government to repay them for covering sicker, more expensive patients than initially expected.
Medical device company Stryker filed a claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday saying it is not in discussions with Boston Scientific on a potential takeover.
CMS recently announced Medicare’s hospital insurance (HI) fund will be depleted by 2026—three years earlier than previously projected. A new report from the American Academy of Actuaries examined the numbers—finding eliminating the HI deficit would require an immediate 28 percent increase in standard payroll taxes.
Officials from HHS are currently talking with pharmaceutical companies to pursue voluntary price cuts as part of President Donald Trump’s drug pricing plan, The Hill reports.
Private equity firm KKR & Co. announced its plan to buy Envision Healthcare for $5.57 billion and debt. The all-cash transaction will value Envision at $9.9 billion, according to Bloomberg.
Stryker approached Boston Scientific with a takeover bid on Monday, June 11, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The rapid expansion of UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division into patient care has continued, with Moody’s Investors Service identifying it as one of the acquiring firms of a physician staffing firm in Tacoma, Washington.
The latest report from Medicare trustees accelerated the timeline for the program’s hospital insurance fund being depleted to 2026—three years earlier than their previous report projected.
Kaiser Health News reports on one facility—a 26-bed hospital in Surprise Valley, California—that is $4 million in debt—and in desperate need of outside help. The community may have found reason for hope, in the form of a 34-year-old former bodybuilder named Beau Gertz. He’s proposing a plan to use telemedicine to help boost revenue.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
Jun 01, 2018 | Care Delivery
Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has been hailed as one of the more forward-thinking providers when it comes to adopting value-based care and population health. But a recent statement in a financial report obtained by Axios shows it’s still looking for additional revenue from the fee-for-service model.
Care Delivery, Healthcare Economics & Policy
Community Health Systems’ selling spree continues, this time in its home state in Tennessee, as the for-profit hospital giant finalized the sale of three hospitals to West Tennessee Healthcare, a public, not-for-profit system.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
The $1.6 billion in cuts to Medicare payments made under the 340B drug discount programs could add to the financial stress of smaller not-for-profit hospitals and health systems, according to Standard & Poor (S&P)’s Global Ratings.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
One of the largest insurers in the U.S. behind the Big Five of UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna and Humana, WellCare would add more Medicaid and Medicare Advantage (MA) members with the purchase of Meridian Health Plans.
Healthcare Economics & Policy
The legislation, sponsored by California Assemblyman Ash Kalra, a Democrat from San Jose, would have created a state commission to set rates for many medical services currently covered by private insurers in the group and nongroup markets.
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