Healthcare Economics & Policy

Medicare Part B premiums will be higher in 2020 than in 2019, while deductibles in Part A, which typically doesn’t have a premium, will also rise, according to CMS.

Private equity group KKR has offered a $70 billion buyout proposal to Walgreens Boots Alliance, the Financial Times reported.

Older millennials are facing health challenges sooner than other generations, with higher prevalence rates for some conditions, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index.

In an effort to boost primary care, Geisinger and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will provide debt-free medical school and living assistance to its students who plan to work in primary care at the health system after graduating.

CVS Health is closing nearly two dozen stores that are underperforming, the company announced in its third quarter earnings released Nov. 6. The store closings also coincide with a 10% jump in profit for the quarter for CVS, of $1.52 billion.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is reportedly in talks to take the company private, according to CNBC. The deal would be the largest leveraged buyout in history, and the news comes after Walgreens announced it was closing 160 in-store clinics it owns and operates.

Other countries are targeting and stealing confidential scientific research from U.S. institutions and academic centers, according to a report from The New York Times.

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty with the highest average annual compensation, according to the 2019 Physician Compensation Report from Doximity, which draws on responses from nearly 90,000 licensed U.S. doctors over six years.

Google is taking over wearables company Fitbit for an acquisition price of $2.1 billion, the companies confirmed Nov. 1.

The healthcare space has seen an influx of investment from private equity groups looking to innovate the market, but the role of these investors could also be pushing healthcare prices higher.

Walgreens is switching up its approach to in-store clinics, closing the clinics it operates and keeping those run by other health systems.

Alphabet, parent company of Google, is reportedly in talks to acquire wearables company Fitbit and has already made an offer, Reuters reported Monday.