Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Nashville region’s largest health-tech company, Change Healthcare, filed for a $100 million IPO March 15 in preparation for going public, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

A woman who was on the hook for nearly $227,000 in medical bills after suffering a heart attack and other complications had her balance wiped out by a medical charity waiver, Kaiser Health News reported. But that didn’t save Debbie Moehnke and her husband, Larry, the stress of mounting medical bills and calls from debt collectors, and the story highlights how inconsistent billing practices could impact other patients.

Amazon is now accepting pre-tax health spending accounts in the form of health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible savings accounts (FSA), providing users with discounts for hundreds of everyday health items ranging from glucometers to fever strips.

Carestream Health’s recent decision to sell its healthcare information systems business to Royal Philips has been greeted with a mostly positive reaction from the imaging industry, according to a new market report.

CMS has updated its drug spending dashboards with data for 2017, adding information for “thousands” more drugs included in Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid to its publicly accessible database.

President Trump’s proposed “Budget for a Better America” for 2020 would cut Medicare spending by approximately $845 billion and Medicaid spending by approximately $241 billion over 10 years.

The Trump administration is reportedly considering requiring hospitals and other healthcare providers to publish the prices they charge insurance companies for services after the rates have been negotiated, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Consumers are more into convenient options when it comes to just about any industry, but in healthcare, the preference has led to national growth in freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs).

Mothers who gave birth twice were more likely to switch to another hospital after the first birth if they received a surprise bill following care, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs.

Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly plans to offer a half-priced version of its insulin medication Humalog, the company announced March 4.

Health insurers selling their services through Healthcare.gov denied nearly one-fifth of claims in 2017. And only a tiny fraction of the affected consumers—less than one-half of one percent—appealed the decisions.

As hospitals start to publish prices of their services, patients should theoretically be able to save money by shopping around. However, out-of-pocket costs to patients have little correlation with the amount insurers pay or the overall price of a procedure, according to a recent study of 14 representative Massachusetts hospitals by Pioneer Institute.