Healthcare Economics & Policy

Healthcare spending per person rose to an all-time high in 2017 for those covered by employer-sponsored insurance, according to the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). Average healthcare spending per individual rose 4.2 percent to $5,641, including medical and pharmacy claims.

Health insurance is big business, according to revenue reports from major players in the space. In fact, the five largest conglomerates in healthcare and pharmaceuticals are on track to outpace revenues of the five preeminent technology companies, according to Axios.

Medicare and Medicaid prices have grown at a slower pace than the private market, according to an analysis from the Urban Institute.

Oregon lawmakers are “taking another pass” at universal healthcare for the residents of state, according to a new report by The Register Guard. If SB 770 is passed, it will create a committee that would “design, implement and run a state health insurance plan.” 

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will provide the list price of its prescription drugs in television advertisements starting in late March. The company will be the first manufacturer to take such a step, according to The New York Times.

Women are less successful at receiving funds for research if the application reviewer is asked to evaluate the principal investigator, rather than the quality of the science, according to research published in The Lancet.

The price for a drug that treats Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS), a rare neuromuscular disorder that impacts strength and impairs walking, went from cost-free to the price of a house—$375,000 to be exact. 

Walmart is allowing its employees to see a provider for only $4 but the visitation has to be through telemedicine, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Approximately two-thirds of U.S.-based hospitals and acute-care facility leaders believe diagnosis-related group (DRG) optimization is still a problem that needs to be solved in revenue cycle management, according to a recent survey conducted by BESLER and HIMSS Media.

Healthcare executives are bullish on the financial performance of their own organizations looking into 2019, but they are less enthusiastic about the sector as a whole, according to a recent survey from J.P. Morgan.

Families with subsidized health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may experience indirect financial benefits that go beyond health costs—to housing, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Economics. 

The growth in hospital prices is driving up healthcare costs for private insurance more than the rise in physician prices, according to a recent study in Health Affairs.