Americans are concerned about higher drug costs impacting their wallets, but hospitals and health systems have also been feeling the pinch, according to a recent study from hospital groups including the American Hospital Association.
Healthcare plans and providers are increasingly addressing social determinants of health that can impact patient outcomes and overall costs. Now, California-based Kaiser Permanente is looking at tackling housing insecurity with a $100 million loan fund for affordable housing.
The emergence of private equity funding across physician practices has continued into 2019, with these firms targeting high-value platforms that can turn around a nice profit in a sale just a few years later. The phenomenon has led to a decline in independent physician practices and created new implications for care services, according to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is facing another potential obstacle, as the government shutdown could impact court proceedings currently holding up closure of the deal, Reuters reported.
Drug prices are going up not just because of new innovations in medications, as the pharma industry frequently cites, but also because the industry is pricing existing products higher, according to a Health Affairs study.