Healthcare Economics & Policy

Health insurance giant and care services provider Humana has joined the Consumer Technology Association, marking the first time a payer has joined the association.

The world’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is taking a bigger step into the healthcare space by opening up a primary care clinic called Walmart Health located in Georgia. The news was first reported by CNBC.

More than 3,400 drugs saw price hikes in the first half of 2019, with the average increase being more than five times the rate of inflation, according to CVS Caremark.

In the U.S., heart disease has been the reigning top cause of death for a number of years, but cancer is quickly becoming the top killer in some high-income and upper-middle-income countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

A proposed settlement would see Purdue Pharma shell out between $10 billion and $12 billion to close thousands of lawsuits over the company’s role in the opioid abuse and overdose epidemic.

Physician compensation increased by a median of 2.92% in 2018, according to a new survey from AMGA Consulting. That’s a big jump from the 0.89% increase in compensation the previous year, reflecting that demand for healthcare professionals is driving higher pay.

Pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer packaged goods company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572 million to the state of Oklahoma after a judge found the company downplayed the dangers of its opioid painkillers and contributed to the opioid overdose epidemic in the state.

 

While there is some back-and-forth debate over the true savings results from Medicare Advantage, the plans could actually cost Medicare and the American taxpayer.

Nearly $107 million has been designated to more than 1,200 health centers across the U.S. from HHS aimed at improving the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare services provided.

Amid a standoff between 85,000 California-based workers at Kaiser Permanente and the health system over contract negotiations, the California legislature has ramped up the pressure against the nonprofit healthcare services organization.

Signify Health and Remedy Partners, two portfolio companies of private equity firm New Mountain Capital, have signed an agreement to merge.

U.S. healthcare spending far outpaces other high-income countries, but social spending is not far off, just slightly below average, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.