Healthcare Economics & Policy

With high compensation and a good work-life balance, Minnesota is the best state for physicians to thrive in 2019, according to a recent ranking from Medscape.

CVS Health is still embroiled in a dispute over its $69 billion merger with Aetna, which was approved by the Department of Justice last year and closed in late 2018. However, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon isn’t so sure the deal hasn’t crossed any antitrust laws and is reviewing the case in court.

Private health insurance plans, which cover the majority of people in the U.S., paid higher rates to hospitals compared to public plans such as Medicare and Medicaid, according to a recent report from RAND.

 

The savings that Medicare Advantage plans can bring to the table may have been over-weighted after a recent study revealed seniors who switch from traditional Medicare plans already have lower healthcare costs before they join an MA plan.

Adopting the prices of other countries could potentially have helped save Medicare part D as much as $72.8 billion in 2018, as drug prices in the U.S. averaged 3.2 to 4.1 times higher after rebates compared to the U.K., Japan and Ontario, Canada, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

CVS Health is still facing challenges from its $69 billion merger with health insurance giant Aetna, which closed in late 2018. While the deal was approved by all necessary state regulators and the Department of Justice, a federal judge is still mulling over the deal and looking at potential antitrust problems.

For the first time, employed physicians outnumber self-employed physicians, according to a 2018 benchmark survey from the American Medical Association (AMA). The findings underscore a long-time trend of shifting ownership across physician practices. Over the last several years, self-employed physicians have been on the decline.

One of the nation’s largest health insurers, Aetna, will pay $86 million to HCA Healthcare after a lawsuit stemming from 2015 led to an arbitration trial.

While many of the largest healthcare companies have seen rising revenues and record profits at the start of 2019, stock prices aren’t reflecting their successes, Axios reported.

With more policymakers proposing, supporting and seriously considering various Medicare-for-all health plans, the Congressional Budget Office took a look at a possible design of such a healthcare system and published a highly anticipated paper.

Aetna’s legal department remains busy. Days after the company settled out of court with a patient who sued for coverage denial in California, it’s in the news in Florida for much the same reason—but with a bigger claimant.

CVS Health, fresh off a $69 billion takeover of health insurance giant Aetna, saw its revenues increase 34.8% to $61.6 billion during the first quarter of 2019, according to a May 1st earnings report. In addition, net income rose 43%, to $1.4 billion, from the previous year.