Healthcare Economics & Policy

The sky-high costs of receiving medical care and the reality of asking for help to pay those bills are being highlighted by The Huffington Post in a series titled “Life and Death: Stories from Inside America’s GoFundMe Health Care System.”

The acquisition of Aetna by CVS Health, which came at a price tag of $69 billion and brought together the nation’s third-largest health insurance provider with one of the biggest pharmacy retailers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), is at risk as the transaction is still under review by a court.

UnityPoint Health, a hospital network based in the Midwest, is stepping up to invest in digital health and healthcare services solutions with a new $100 million venture fund, UnityPoint Health Ventures Innovation Fund.

Drugmaker Pfizer hid that one of its powerful anti-inflammatory drugs for rheumatoid arthritis therapy, Enbrel, reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 64%, according to a report by the Washington Post.

 

Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based health system, has backed out of its planned acquisition of Care New England

Amid an ongoing court review of its $69 billion merger with health insurer Aetna, CVS Health isn’t slowing down in its plans to expand, according to executives who spoke at the company’s investor day on June 4.

 

Brand-name drugs are likely to keep rising in price, even though the top-selling ones have been available for years and have already seen their costs skyrocket, according to a new study published in JAMA.

 

CVS Health is gearing up to defend its $69 billion takeover of the nation’s third-largest health insurer, Aetna, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The most important financial problem American families face is healthcare costs, according to a new Gallup poll.

Physicians are burned out, and, left unchecked, those feelings of detachment from work come with a national cost of about $4.6 billion each year, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The Trump administration is expected to release an executive order this week that mandates the disclosure of healthcare prices across the industry, The Wall Street Journal reported. If enacted, the executive order could turn the traditionally opaque healthcare industry on its head.

Members of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which represents more than 175,000 physicians, are bullish on taking on risk, with more member revenues coming from risk-based models in 2018, according to a recent survey on the transition to value-based care.