Healthcare Economics & Policy

The healthcare sector remains a sweet spot for the stock market, ranked the most favored sector on the S&P 500 among Wall Street research firms, Reuters reported.

Rising drug prices have caught the attention of the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform, which announced it will open a “sweeping” drug price investigation.

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.

In 2018, the hot M&A market showed no signs of slowing down, with 90 deals announced during the year, according to a recent report from Kaufman Hall.

Walmart and CVS Health will no longer be in the same network for filling prescription drugs after the two companies couldn’t come to a drug pricing agreement, CVS announced.

The top city for healthcare mergers and acquisitions is Boston, according to an analysis by Mergermarket and Acuris.

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.

Medical marketing in the United States reached $29.9 billion in 2016, up from $17.7 billion in 1997, according to a new analysis published in JAMA.

With high demand and high salaries, healthcare jobs took 44 spots of the 100 best jobs for 2019, as ranked by U.S. News.