Healthcare Economics & Policy

The former CEO of health insurance provider Anthem, Joseph Swedish, has started a private equity firm as a co-founder, Axios reported.

President Trump summoned top officials for a meeting at the White House on Jan. 8, Politico reported. The meeting comes as major drugmakers raised prices at the start of the year, prompting a Twitter response from the president.

Deaths from cancer in the United States declined 27 percent from a peak in 1991, according to the American Cancer Society.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the largest public hospital in the city, sticks patients with sky-high medical bills because it does not partner with any private health insurance plans, Vox reported.

Cigna and Tenet announced “good news” on Jan. 1 after reaching an agreement on a new commercial contract. The previous contract between Cigna and Tenet was scheduled to end on New Year's Day, after both companies struggled to come to a new agreement over nearly a year of negotiations.

The healthcare industry took the lead as the largest employer in the United States in 2018, with high rates of job growth continuing through the end of the year, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Verily, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, raised $1 billion in investment funding to support growth in strategic partnership investments, global business development opportunities and potential acquisitions, the company announced Jan. 3.

Health insurers have been inflating cost estimates for providing prescription-drug benefits to more than 40 million Medicare beneficiaries, allowing them to cash in $9.1 billion in extra payments from 2006 to 2015, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The newest bundled payment program is a money-saver for CMS and Medicare, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings are on par with previous studies that revealed other bundles are achieving their goals of lowering healthcare costs and improving care outcomes.

The Affordable Care Act will remain in place after a judge declared the healthcare rule was unconstitutional in late December. The judge, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor, has since stated the ACA will remain in effect while the case goes through an appeals process.

A 34-year-old stroke patient was stuck with a bill for nearly a half-million dollars after taking a flight from Wichita, Kansas, to Boston to see a neurosurgeon.

After a delay, Cigna has closed its $67 billion acquisition of Express Scripts, the company confirmed on Dec. 20.