Healthcare Economics & Policy

Methodist University Hospital, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a nonprofit hospital operator with its own collections agency that ruthlessly pummels low-income patients over unpaid medical bills by taking them to court, according to a sort by ProPublica.

Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health have agreed to merge to become an $11 billion nonprofit health system, making it among the 15 largest in the nation.

The University of Chicago and Google are facing a class action lawsuit after one former patient at UChicago’s medical center accused the institution of sharing patient records and violating privacy rights.

Specialty drug prices commonly used by older adults in the U.S. have far outpaced the price increases of other goods and services over the last decade, according to AARP, which has been reporting on prescription drug price trends.

Out-of-pocket healthcare costs rose about 12% in 2018, according to a new TransUnion Healthcare analysis.

The shareholders of both Centene and WellCare Health Plans have approved a plan for the two companies to merge, they announced June 24. The deal is worth $17.3 billion and is expected to close in the first half of 2020.

Healthcare stocks are reeling following an executive order from President Trump that would give HHS the ability to require hospitals and health insurance companies to provide patients with prices for healthcare services based on negotiated rates.

Two major, global pharmaceutical companies ––AbbVie and Allergan––are merging in a deal worth approximately $63 billion.

Arkansas, the first state to implement work requirements for certain Medicaid beneficiaries, isn’t seeing the promised benefit of increased employment as a result of the new rules, according to a recent report from The Commonwealth Fund.

 

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would have serious, immediate consequences, according to the Urban Institute, including 20 million more uninsured people.

Not-for-profit hospitals don’t pay taxes, but many of them act like Fortune 500 companies, taking on operations that mimic corporate giants.

Kaiser Permanente, the Oakland, California-based health system, is building a new headquarters in the same city. The new headquarters, which is called Kaiser Permanente Thrive Center and will accommodate 7,200 national and Northern California Region employees and physicians, comes with a price tag of about $900 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.