Healthcare Economics & Policy

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.

The promised, less expensive insulin product from pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has officially come to market, the company announced May 22.

Political unrest isn’t taking much of a toll on deals in healthcare, with executives still bullish on the sector, according to new data from Merrill Corp.

Together, private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid accounted for 82% of total prescription drug spending in the U.S. in 2017, according to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation that broke down drug spending that year.

Consumer goods giant Nestlé is in talks to sell its skin health business to private equity firm EQT and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for $10.1 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported.

National health spending reached $3.76 trillion in March 2019, a 4.6% jump from the same month in 2018, according to recent data from Altarum, underscoring signs of acceleration during the first quarter of 2019.