The novel coronavirus originating from China has continued to spread around the world and has increased the risk of drug shortages in the U.S. as a result of dependence on Chinese drug ingredients.

UnitedHealth Group, which owns the nation’s largest health insurance provider UnitedHealthcare, has parted ways with physician staffing firm Mednax, and cut the company from its in-network providers.

Oscar Health has introduced a new drug formulary that will limit the cost for patients to just $3 per month for a supply of commonly used medicines, including insulin.

GHX has awarded the best 50 healthcare organizations based on supply chain excellence.

Private equity firms are continuing their investments in physician practices, scooping up 355 acquisitions from 2013 to 2016, according to a new study published in JAMA.

The troubles of Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid OxyContin, have led two hedge funds to cut ties with the company as legal consequences from the national opioid abuse and overdose epidemic continue to play out.

More Americans afflicted with chronic disease are turning to unregulated markets such as Craigslist to find insulin and other necessary medications because they can’t afford to purchase them at the pharmacy­­.

 

A Medicare for all healthcare system has the potential to improve the availability of services and efficiency of care in the United States, according to a recent study published in The Lancet.

HCCI analyzed more than 2.5 billion de-identified claims, including those for prescription drugs as well as medical visits, filed from 2014 to 2018 with Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare.

Citing data previously published from the National Health Interview Survey, authors Amy Cha, PhD, MPH, and Robin Cohen, PhD, point out that major medical bills piling up for one member of a family tend to weaken the entire household.

U.S. healthcare added almost 36,000 jobs in January, with most of the hiring being done by ambulatory health providers (around 23,000 new jobs) and hospitals (10,000).

The venture fund arm of Google parent company Alphabet led a $100 million funding round into for clinical data analytics company Verana Health.